Brad was Sad by M.C. Goldrick

Published October 1st 2019 by MotherButterfly Books

Genre: Children’s picture book about feelings.  (ages 3-7)

About the Book: Did Brad’s dad make him sad? Brad thought he had…until his dog, Plaid, proved he could choose his outlook & feel glad.

Kids learn best through stories. Empower your child to own their feelings with this beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author, M.C. Goldrick.

Brad’s dog Plaid shows him how to feel and deal with emotions. Though Brad is having a bad day, Plaid shows him that it’s in his power to choose his perspective and his feelings.

Brad goes through a variety of emotions in this book from sad, angry, grumpy and hurt feelings. He lets it make his day miserable and ends up angry at his dog, Plaid. After yelling at him, he makes him leave the room and shuts the door. After a few minutes, he opens the door and Plaid is there waiting for him, happily wagging his tail. What? Plaid isn’t sad anymore, why not?

This is a great book to teach children that it is okay to have these emotions, but just like Plaid, after awhile, try to move past the feeling to something else. This might be easy for many children, but some might need a plan to help them move forward and that is where adults can help them. I loved the illustrations. They showed the emotions of the characters quite well. The text is short and rhymes giving young children the opportunity to understand the story.

I read this to my 3 and 6 year old grandchildren. They both though Plaid was a cute dog and easily identified that he was sad when Brad yelled at him, of course they also said he shouldn’t have chewed up Brad’s bear. The younger one did not understand the message, but liked the story. My grandson and I had a little discussion about feelings. He has some anxiety and difficulty when he is upset or sad, so this is a great book to read and discuss with him. I think a few more readings and discussions, as well as working on a plan for him would be very beneficial. I think this would be a great book to use in primary classrooms as well. The concept that it is okay to be sad or upset is important to children and I think this would give teachers and parents the opportunity to share that message in a fun and positive way. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK – Amazon US

About the Author: Award-winning author & mother of two, M.C. Goldrick sees feelings as our first language. Through her books she helps us identify and own our emotions. Her acclaimed Juvenile fiction series TIMEFLIES is an example of how stories can both enrich and entertain. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her family.

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About the Illustrator: Rebecca Alexander, mother of two now-grown-up boys, is an accomplished artist with a private gallery. Her work has been featured on Canada Post Christmas Cards & stamps. She lives in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada.