Do you like change? Few of us if any do. Change is hard. It disrupts our routine. It moves us from the comfortable and familiar to the uncomfortable and unknown. Change is difficult for adults. It is worse for kids who have not had the experience to know how to handle change. Kids don’t often have a say in the change thrust upon them by adults. They don’t understand and can’t see the potential good in a change.
How do we teach kids to handle change? How do we get them to understand that we have their best interest in mind? How do we help them see the good in tragedy, in difficulty, and in change? Experience will certainly be a teacher as we guide them through the inevitable. We can also prepare them in advance. One way is to give them an example. A good example for them to see is in the storybook Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell illustrated by Ellie BarrettIt is the first book in The Dolcey Series. Dolcey is a fairy whose mission is the help young Emily navigate the difficulty of change. Emily is moving. She’s moving away from her Nana and Aunt whom she loves dearly. She’s clearly upset. She displays all the emotions that a young child would have who is facing a difficult change. She has no say in the change. She can’t see the good in being far away from her loved ones. Dolcey’s job is to show her the good in the adventure she’s about to undertake. Dolcey disguises herself as a cat and is let into the family as a stray. She reveals her true identity to Emily and shows Emily the wonders awaiting her in her new home.
All children will face change. It may not be a move, but they will experience loss, disruptions, and unknowns. Reading a book like Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? offers the opportunity to discuss change and how to look for the good in the change. Talking about change and asking good questions can help a child think and prepare for the inevitable. I would recommend this book as a good tool to use to help a child through changes.
There was a popular book titled Who Moved My Cheese? By Spence Johnson. It was a book to help adults through change. It was required reading for one job I had. If adults can be helped by a book on change, how much more can children be helped by a book on change?
Sojourner McConnell lives in Kentucky with 3 of her 13 grandchildren and her Australian Shepherd, Beau. She reviews all genre of books on The Page Turner and shares her own and other writers writing experiences on her blog, The Path of the Writer. The author of a YA novel, the children’s chapter book, and two short story anthologies, she writes every day on her next work in progress. A little YA friendly book about Blip.
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