Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Review: Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout by Peggy Tietz #bookreviews

Title: Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid's Guide to Feelings
Author: Peggy Kruger Tietz
Genre: Nonfiction/Psychoeducational
Publisher: Peggy Kruger Tietz
Pages: 40

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in steering children through the confusing behaviors that emotions evoke.  When you understand the purpose of emotions, behavior becomes understandable.  Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

My Review:

I wish I had had Yell and Shout Cry and Pout back when my kids were little.  They're grown now and somehow survived the trials of childhood and the almost deadly obstacles that come with teenhood, but it makes me wonder if they had been able to survive better had I read this delightful book by Peggy Kruger Tietz and used the principles inside to teach my kids how to deal with their feelings.

Tietz divides the book into chapters: Anger, Fear, Shame, Sadness, Love, Disgust, Surprise, and in those chapters she explains what those feelings mean to a child giving examples so that you can read aloud to your child to help them feel more secure in the feeling department.

Here's an example.  The author explains that anger tells us when we've been mistreated so that we can defend themselves.  A lot of children are confused by anger.  They're told by parents to stop being mad thus giving the child the impression it's not okay to be that way.  Tiez shows us that it's a normal thing and to stand up for yourself but showing you how to do it the right way.

This book should be in every parent's library.  I don't think there's another book out there like it and anything that helps parents be better parents by showing children how to handle their feelings can't be a bad thing at all.


Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is available at Amazon. 

I give this book 5 tree stars: