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Grow Happy by Jon Lasser and Sage Foster-Lasser
Published on February 13, 2017.
Kiko is a gardener. She takes care of her garden with seeds, soil, water, and sunshine. In Grow Happy, Kiko also demonstrates how she cultivates happiness, just like she does in her garden. Using positive psychology and choice theory, this book shows children that they have the tools to nurture their own happiness and live resiliently. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with information on how our choices and paying attention to our bodies and feelings affects happiness.
Grow Happy draws parallels between Kiko caring for her garden, and growing happiness, with caring for herself and making her own happiness. Just like the garden needs someone to make choices, nurture it, and get help from friends when Kiko cannot do all of the work alone, Kiko must make good choices in her own life, care for her growing body, and ask for help from friends and family when she cannot do everything alone.
I love that this book teaches kids that they have the power to make themselves happy. It’s all about the choices they make and how they care for themselves – both physically and mentally. The metaphor of the garden makes these concepts more tangible.
The illustrations in this book are whimsical and happy. The characters’ facial expressions match the moods conveyed through the text of the story. I really enjoyed this book.
My Rating: 4 Stars