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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Joe, the little boy in the storybook Laughter Wins by Misty Barron. Joe was a bright kid and he loved life but he was sad because kids always picked on him. He knew he was not the only one who was taunted and teased; there were others too and they did not know what to do. He cried to his mom one day and she went to school with him. Things did not change. The bullies picked on him again. One day while watching TV, he noticed some people on TV laughing and singing happily. He decided to apply that concept to his life. During his free time, he started laughing. The more he practiced the better he became at laughing. He was so happy that he had no time to be sad. The bullies were curious and though they called him a fool, he still laughed at whatever came his way. The bullies found it difficult to pick on someone who was having so much fun.
The book introduces young readers to laughter yoga and also tackles the subject of bullying in a unique way. The illustrations make the concept and the message clear to readers and the characters and the story palpable to youngsters. It is a good idea to introduce children to laughter yoga or laughter therapy, and the laughter chat at the end of the book is helpful to readers when it comes to applying this to life and practicing it. Laughter Wins by Misty Barron is a good book for parents and tutors to read aloud to children to help them handle bullies in a positive way and without being affected by their bad behavior.