Rating: 5 out of 5
Meet Andy who is prodded by his Mom to ask a friend to play on a summer day. Always wanting to be the one asked to do things instead of doing the asking, much like all of us, Andy initially resists but eventually sets out to knock on his friend’s door. Along the way, Andy thinks of all the things his friend might say or do. He might have other friends over and play games Andy isn’t good at, which could make him the target of jokes. None of these things happens, of course, as Andy learns to trust those who trust him and what it means to be a real friend in this book for early readers ages 6-9.
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B’s review (age 7):
Andy was so worried that Matt wasn’t going to play with him and he was too busy to play with him that he [Andy] took a slow way there and thought about what would happen. But they had a great time at the end.
When asked what he liked about the book, B said that it was kind of like him and that things don’t always go the way you think they will.
When asked what he didn’t like about the book, he said that he didn’t like that Andy was mean to Matt.
B and I could really relate to the book. We both have anxiety disorder and something like Andy’s thoughts is a normal thing for us.
We read the book on a Kindle, but it worked perfectly for us.
The illustrations are really amazing. The words aren’t too big that we weren’t struggling to read the book.
We really enjoyed reading this book together, but as a 32 year old with anxiety – it was a great book for me to read as well!
About the Author
Working to reduce anticipated fears in kids, I wrote this book by tapping into theories related to interpersonal deception, nonverbal communication, and anticipated emotion. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, I received a Colorado Broadcaster’s Association Award in 2001 for my weather program featuring children who each presented a portion of an on-air forecast. One of 72 handpicked employees to begin a new CBS station in southern California, I still retain my National Weather Association Broadcaster’s Seal of Approval. After earning my M.A. in Communication, I left broadcasting to teach at The Art Institute of Colorado and most recently was a key speaker in New York at the first U.S. Conference for the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies. I love to write and travel, where I often find my most valuable ideas in what I consider to be the most active form of learning. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and wrote this book with my Mom, Linda Nathan, MA CCC-SLP.