Catching Thoughts

Beaming Bks. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781506464169.
K-Gr 2–A thought begins to form in the mind of a young Black girl, and at first she doesn’t pay it much attention. Sure, she doesn’t like the thought, but it’s just a small one. But as the thought begins to grow, she is unable to think about anything else, with it growing and popping up at times, even when she doesn’t expect it. After trying to run away from it, she turns and bravely faces the thought, unleashing many new, positive thoughts in place of the negative. A blue-gray balloon surrounded by dark gray represents the negative thought following the young girl around, a perfect metaphor for readers; it’s impossible to shake off. Happy, positive thoughts are represented by colorful balloons floating under a sunny, clear sky. The young girl’s expressions—from a worry-filled face to anger to happiness and calm—will be easy for young readers to interpret, and together with the simple but effective text and emotion-colored illustrations create a picture book that introduces young readers to a range of new coping mechanisms.
VERDICT An excellent choice for sharing with children who struggle with anxiety and even just low-grade worry.

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