FICTION

The Problem with Problems

Rodale. Jun. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593173176.
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PreS-Gr 1–This is a creative story about problem-solving for young children with enticing primary color illustrations and accessible rhyming text. Most importantly, the problems addressed here are entirely within the purview of young children. Problems are everywhere and come in all shapes and forms. You might have a problem getting a brush through all of your curls. You may have to go to the bathroom just when it’s your turn to go on the slide. Or you might spy a scary spider dangling next to you. But problems always have solutions, and this book shows children how to recognize and unpack the situation by naming it, and then by turning it around or solving it.
VERDICT This is a must for every library. By giving children the ability to articulate what’s happening to them, this engaging read-aloud will help children overcome their fears and confidently face all obstacles. How empowering!

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