I’m honestly really excited for I’m Stretched by Julia Cook and illustrated by Stephanie Dehennin. I love how anxiety and stress is something that we’re talking about more with children considering how much it has crippled so many in my generation over the years. Mental health has such a stigma and as someone who has been depressed pretty much since high school, giving children the knowledge early so that they will be able to proactively work on it as they grow into adults is an amazing goal that I can fully get behind.
In "I’m Stretched!", Julia Cook, award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert, shows children just how overwhelming and powerful stress can be as it piles on the pressure and tries to steal our joy. "I’m stretched! I have so much stuff to do. Gotta be here…Gotta do that…Where did I put my shoe? I feel like a rubber band that’s stretched and about to break. I have places to go and things to do and a great big project to make!" Stress is a part of life, and in our fast-paced society, children often feel an unbelievable amount of pressure to balance family and friends, school and homework, and extracurricular activities. All of their responsibilities and expectations can make them feel stretched beyond their limits. "I’m Stretched!" is a captivating story that speaks to children and adults alike, giving them tactical tools to manage their stress in a healthy and helpful way so they can face the pressures of life and find joy in being who they were meant to be.
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