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Take a Deep Breath

A book about being brave


Ruby is afraid of dogs, Andy doesn’t like to go in the pool, Dan doesn’t want the nurse to touch his bruised knee, and Josh is afraid to go on stage in front of people. These friends learn that when something scares them, they can take a deep breath and feel brave enough to get through their ordeals.

This cheerful and reassuring story shows that positive coping skills can help kids deal with being afraid, and children can be brave even when things seem scary. The book also includes a two-page series of pictures that invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings. Ideal for home and K–3 classroom settings.

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Hardcover $12.99 24460 Hardcover 24460 $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-446-0
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: I
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 7.75" x 9.5"
Page Count: 28

Praise for Take a Deep Breath
“This book demonstrates that even regular tasks can cause fear, which can be assuaged using deep breathing and positive thinking. It can also be a great tool to teach children how to help their own friends who are overwhelmed by fear or anxiety.”—The Children’s Book Review

Praise for the series
“The Our Emotions and Behavior series offer[s] young children and their caregivers help with hard-to-manage feelings and inappropriate actions . . . The simple texts are direct, and the endings are consistently upbeat . . . These purposeful books will be useful in many libraries.”—Booklist

“These are excellent titles for children who need help expressing their feelings and they will be a bonus in any guidance counselor’s arsenal.”—School Library Journal

“Enthusiastically recommended for parents as well as school and library children’s collections.”—Midwest Book Review

  • Common Core State Standards


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