Review: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

Emotions can sometimes be overwhelming, or you might not know how to deal with what you’re feeling.

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say is all about this.

It’s a collection of situations and experiences which are depicted visually along with a response that might be appropriate. The approach demonstrates kindness at all times.

Each situation depicted stands alone and while acknowledging any difficulty and emotions, they all encourage understanding and empathy, and emphasise a positive response. 

Most are shown using everyday scenarios that young children have or will experienced, and many can be transferred to other similar situations and experiences.

The emotions covered include grief, loss, sadness and loneliness; friendship and relationships, fairness, justice and forgiveness; embarrassment; fear and courage; sharing and change; image and identity.

Davina Bell and Hilary Jean Tapper have created a beautiful book that should belong on all bookshelves. Find a copy to share with your children.

Title: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say
Author: Davina Bell
Illustrator: Hilary Jean Tapper
Publisher: Hachette, $24.99
Publication Date: 29 June 2022
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780734421142
For ages: +3
Type: Picture Book

June 29, 2022 at 12:47AM Shaye Wardrop