Eli Elephant Works Through Emotions

Practicing Kindness Along the Way (Pals with Purpose)

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2024
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever had your plans for a wonderful day dashed to pieces? I think we all have. In Eli Elephant Works Through Emotions, Shelby Stevens explores various emotions, assuring children that emotions are natural and okay to have. Eli had planned a playdate with Finley Flamingo but was very angry, disappointed, and sad when his plans had to be canceled because Finley came down with the flu. With his mother’s help, Eli learns to heal his emotions by naming and talking about them and then taking steps to control them. Ways to control negative emotions include deep breathing and gratefulness. Since feelings follow thoughts, when one thinks correctly about emotions, these will change to positive emotions that allow the person to be kind, thoughtful, and loving. It is good to take time to be sad and cry, but then one must move on to healing and enjoying life again. While emotions may come and go, the important thing is how we respond to them.

Since everyone deals with emotions daily, a wise parent takes the time to help their child learn how to respond to them correctly. You can help your child learn about emotions and how to deal with them in Shelby Stevens’ wonderful children’s picture book, Eli Elephant Works Through Emotions. After telling this enjoyable story about Eli and his friend Finley, Shelby takes the time to share six steps for working through emotions. As a caring parent, you may want to read the book with your child more than once—first time for pleasure, then work through the book, asking questions about emotions and your child’s experience with them. To help facilitate your discussions, Shelby provides a section with some guidelines. Agostina Cozzo did a masterful job illustrating this story.