Each book is unique in the concept that it addresses and each book can stand alone. However, the real value lies in using it all together as a series to promote courage, emotional literacy, and being brave. The name of the series certainly reflects this.
Points that I like about the series Feel Brave:
-¢ The same characters move from book to book
-¢ Readers will gain a familiarity and an attachment for characters
-¢ They wear the same clothes which is helpful for young readers
-¢ The books are written in rhyme
-¢ The color and pictures definitely enhance the stories and the learning
-¢ Excellent use of creativity and beautiful art shown on each page
-¢ Comes with an outstanding CD with picture display of books without words
-¢ Emotion cards
-¢ Illustrated Yoga moves
-¢ Outstanding teaching guide with detailed information, exercises and activities
-¢ Recipe for lavender playdoh
-¢ Magical sayings that can be taught, memorized and used over and over to train the mind of the reader (young and old)
-¢ Builds on positive emotions and self-regulation
MOST KEY POINT: The characters are generally kind to each other.
As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, past Elementary and Secondary School Teacher, University Educator, and Grandma, I believe Feel Brave is an outstanding series that will be a valued resource for parents, care-givers, and teachers. It is sensitive to the developmental needs of children ages 4-7 and reflects activities that promote positive psychology, social-emotional literacy and mental wellness. It is a series I would recommend to professionals and parents and would use myself with my own grandchildren when the time comes. I would also see it as applicable in doing therapy with families who have young children. The messages are strong and positive, but also presented in a colorful, inviting, and fun approach.
The only concern I have for the series is the use of -˜magic' wording. While I find the use of magical talk stimulating and acceptable, I believe there may be some adults who will be threatened by this language and consequently would not support the series. Frankly it is their loss.