When Sadness is At Your Door by Eva Eland

Reviewed by Amanda K (Library Staff)

This is a beautiful and much needed picture book. The emotion of sadness can be scary and confusing especially for young children. This book personifies sadness, giving it a face and name. The author talks about how sadness can make you feel and suggest that you don’t hide from sadness but “Listen to it. Ask where it comes from and what it needs.” Instead of telling the reader to get over it or to push down their emotion, which can be damaging, the author suggests activities to do with sadness. Some of the activities are just sitting with it, drawing or going for a walk.

The simple but sweet illustrates really highlight the overall message and the simple text is easily understood. This a great book on mindfulness and emotional understanding. I would suggest this book to any child.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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