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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Start With Sorry by PT Finch is an outstanding book that parents should read to their children. The story and illustrations work well together to create a must-have children’s book, which children and their parents will enjoy. I believe children will develop a better understanding of their feelings: happiness, sadness, anger, hurt, jealousy, and regret. This story may help children to label their emotions and develop a better way to express their feelings. Start With Sorry also opens the door to discussing emotions and asking your own children questions like “Why do you think the little girl was angry? Why is the boy sad? Do you think the girl could have expressed her feelings differently?” The book demonstrates to children how to say sorry and forgive someone. Their mother guides them through a valuable lesson of understanding, empathy, cooperation, and an apology. Soon, the preschoolers learn how to work together to create a better drawing than before.
The illustrations in Start With Sorry are very well done by Gokhan Bas. They are very realistic images with shading, multiple colours, and shadows. Even his children’s drawings look realistic as if they were drawn by preschoolers! Bas’ drawings of facial expressions definitely illustrate the emotion that the children are experiencing at the moment. Perhaps we should have questions or a discussion page at the back of the book to open up a dialogue of the book and emotions. Start With Sorry should be in every daycare and preschool so children may develop a better comprehension of sibling rivalry, sharing, and handling their emotions.