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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Manage My Emotions for Kids by Kenneth Martz and Meredith Martz is a children's non-fiction book designed to assist children and their guardians to find balance as they navigate through the highs and lows of everyday life. Using visually recognizable emojis as a means of illustrating various emotions in a straightforward fashion, the book breaks down what emotions and feelings are, their role, and coping mechanisms when presented through several different scenarios encompassed by “the six big emotions”: happy, mad, worried, sad, scared, and love. These are followed with an expansion of the aformentioned and a branching out into areas such as courage, drive, compassion, values, and boredom, among others. Communication and thought are encouraged through questions, activities, and guided practices in a child-friendly and easy to understand narrative.
Kenneth Martz and Meredith Martz take the importance of a child's emotional health and present Manage My Emotions for Kids with bright emoji graphics in a functional and entertaining way. The bright yellow guaranteed my youngest little reader would not find herself distracted by anything else, and as I paused to ask her some of the questions, I found a surprising amount of thoughtfulness in her replies. We are in unprecedented times right now and parents and children are grappling with a heightened range of emotions, neither of whom have any precedent to fall back on when trying to work through them. For me, where this book hits home is in making it clear that everything we feel at any given moment matters. Whatever it is, and however fleeting it may be. At the end of our reading experience, as I went to turn out the light, my daughter said to me, “You are strong. You are helpful. You are loved.” I don't know how anything I say beyond this will be as convincing about the book's effectiveness than that. Very highly recommended.