Brad Was Sad by M.C. Goldrick – Blog Tour

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Thank you to M.C. Goldrick for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. Also thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour.

Giveaway to Win 3 x Paperback copies of Brad Was Sad (Open to US / Canda)

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Did Brad’s dad make him sad? Brad thought he had…until his dog, Plaid, proved he could choose his outlook & feel glad.

Kids learn best through stories. Empower your child to own their feelings with this beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author, M.C. Goldrick.

Brad’s dog Plaid shows him how to feel and deal with emotions. Though Brad is having a bad day, Plaid shows him that it’s in his power to choose his perspective and his feelings.

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My Thoughts

Emotions are such abstract concepts and so difficult for younger children to understand. When they experience emotions it’s easy for them to identify who made them feel like that but what is difficult is the understanding that we have control over how we allow those feelings to linger and control us. Brad Was Sad is an excellent book to explain this on the level that a young child can understand.

Brad was sad because everyone keeps grumbling and shouting at him. He himself becomes cross at Plaid the dog and is s little surprised when Plaid has a different reaction.

This book is the perfect mix of realistic illustrations that inspire discussion and a simple story to provoke thought. All children will identify with Brad but some may be more like Plaid.

As a teacher and a parent I think it’s the perfect way to explore emotional resilience and introduce to children that we only feel what we allow.

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Author Bio – M.C. Goldrick

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Award-winning author & mother of two, M.C. Goldrick sees feelings as our first language. Through her books she helps us identify and own our emotions. Her acclaimed Juvenile fiction series TIMEFLIES is an example of how stories can both enrich and entertain. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her family.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Alexander, mother of two now-grown-up boys, is an accomplished artist with a private gallery. Her work has been featured on Canada Post Christmas Cards & stamps. She lives in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

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