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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
Benny the Brave in The First Day Jitters (Team Supercrew Series) by Julie Anne Penn and Darren Penn highlights the important connection between our thoughts and feelings. In this engaging story, we meet Sarah, a young girl who is understandably nervous about starting a new school. Sarah is concerned about what her teacher might be like, and if anyone will play with her. Benny the Brave comes to assist Sarah and after reassuring her that her fears are completely normal, offers a fresh way for Sarah to look at this new beginning. Sharing the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy, Benny shows Sarah how powerful thoughts can be. Charming illustrations convey Sarah’s emotions throughout the story brilliantly. Useful and easy ways to implement cognitive behavioral therapy are also included.
Julie Anne Penn and Darren Penn’s Benny the Brave in The First Day Jitters offers practical and empowering tools to help children deal with fear positively and constructively. Readers of all ages will relate to Sarah’s concerns as she begins a new school. Told in a warm and upbeat manner, this story will encourage children to believe in themselves and their abilities to face difficult situations. As Benny encourages Sarah to view these new changes as an exciting time in her life, young readers will see how they too can apply this to challenges in their own lives. Parents and teachers may find this book to be a valuable resource in helping children discuss their fears, as well as a positive way to cope with these issues. This uplifting book is a highly recommended read.