My No, No, No Day! by Rebecca Patterson

Sometimes kids throw tantrums. Sometimes they are BIG tantrums. This is a story about a little girl who throws a tantrum ALL. DAY. LONG. And she knows it. But she doesn’t know what to do about it. But she also knows what it is like when she doesn’t throw a tantrum. And sometimes that is the most important thing to know.

I liked it. Mostly I liked it because I have seen kids that have been super grumpy for long periods of time. And I like that this particular girl understands just what kind of day she is having. Plus I like that even though she is upset, she still wants (even though she says she doesn’t) her mom to cuddle with her, read her a story, and help her get to sleep. And SUPER KUDOS to the mom for putting up with the little girl and not loosing her cool. And kudos to all the moms who do that over and over again.

What to do after reading this book:
Write down (or draw) all the things that made the little girl upset.
Make a list of what to do when you get upset. Perhaps practice “getting upset” and then trying to tell a grown up why you are upset and try to do something to make you feel better.
Practice using loud and soft voices.
Play an “obey” game. Take turns being the one to tell the other what to do.

What this can do:
Help children understand that sometimes everyone can have a bad day.
Teaches readers what types of behaviors are good or helpful when having a bad day.
Helps readers know that even though they may throw tantrums, their grown ups will always love them.

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