‘Sometimes When I’m Sad’ by Deborah Serani is a handbook on ‘overcoming sadness’ in children. This is a self-help picture book with easy to read text for young children. And, the author supplements the story with the 4-page resource material for parents at the end of the story, educating more on helping children through sadness.
Children feel sad; it may be temporary or sometimes it may linger for a very long time. As rightly put by the author, every child experiences and then manifests sadness in a different way, sometimes they may complain about aches and pains, hide or isolate themselves or show irritability and anger. The lack of language development and the limited ability to express restrict the child from seeking a solution for his/ her problem.
In this book, a young boy experiences sadness and nothing seems to make him feel better. He throws his toys in anger and hides; not even ice-creams or presents make him happy. One day, as he meets a counselor, he realizes he can confide his sadness in people who care for him.
As a self-help resource, the book offers to provide ways to the children to overcome their sadness through communication, drawing, colouring and exploring many other similar creative ways. Sometimes, all it takes is a walk in the open air to feel better.
I think it is important as parents or caregivers or even as teachers to identify sadness in children at an early age and equip them with skills to overcome this emotion. A happy childhood is a stepping stone towards happy adult life. A happy child will grow with the qualities of seeing positivity and opportunities in his/ her path. A sad childhood is sure to give way to pessimistic adult life.
The story ends with a happy note for the boy in the book who has learned ways of coping with his sadness.
“Now when I get sad, I still cry sometimes. I still hide sometimes. But only for a little while. Because now I know ways to feel better.”
Certainly, sadness is an overwhelming emotion but it is important that children and the parents identify and recognize the problem and then work towards a solution. It is also imperative to know when sadness can be overcome, and when it’s indicative of a greater problem.
About the Author
Deborah Serani is the author of the award-winning nonfiction books, “Living with Depression,” “Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers” and “Depression in Later Life” published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Her 2019 debut psychological suspense thriller “The Ninth Session,” published by TouchPoint Press, is already an award-winner. And her first in a series of children’s picture books, “Sometimes When I’m Sad,” by Free Spirit Publishing arrives in 2020.
Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychologist in private practice, a senior professor at Adelphi University, and a go-to media expert. Dr. Serani has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named after her.
I received a copy of this book from BookSirens in exchange of an honest review.