“My No, No, No Day!”

“My No, No, No Day!” by author Rebecca Patterson

A tot works through her tantrums with the help of her family in “My No, No, No Day!” by author Rebecca Patterson. Parent educators with the Washington School District have chosen the new picture book as the May Baby Buzz Pick.

Each month the group selects a book for little ones birth through age 5 in partnership with The Missourian. A review of the Baby Buzz Pick appears in the second weekend issue of The Missourian.

Parent educators purchase additional copies of the Baby Buzz Picks using funds from a WINGS grant. These books are used in the group’s visits with parents. An ongoing list of Baby Buzz Picks can be found on The Missourian’s website, emissourian.com.

The following review was written by area literacy advocate Nancy Nagel.

“Nothing goes right from early morning until bedtime for the young girl in this story. Told from a child’s eye view, ordinary events of a daily routine are too much to handle on this particular day.

“But a patient, understanding mother and agreeable baby brother bring about a loving routine at bedtime that soothes Bella into a good night’s sleep. The book has a very satisfactory ending as Bella reports the next day that she has been cheerful all day long.

“The text and pictures provide many visual cues for reading and discussing the story. Bella’s words are printed in large bold letters to let the reader know how loudly she is talking.

“ ‘Get out of my room! My cookie broke! And No! You can’t be princesses!’

“The expressions depicted on the faces of the mother, baby brother and bystanders should be familiar to any parent whose child has had a meltdown in public.

“This book provides a humorous starting point for discussing your child’s emotions. You might ask your child how she thinks Bella feels about various situations in the story, then encourage her to talk about her own experiences. This story is told from Bella, the child’s perspective.

“A 3-year-old’s take on too cold bath water, or scratchy ballet tights is quite different from her parents’. Listening to your child tell her side of the story may help avoid tantrums in the future.

“Young children experience strong emotions beginning in their second year of life. The ‘terrible 2’s usually start long before age 2 as children become mobile and are curious about their world, yet have limits set on their movements. Temper tantrums and meltdowns are their way of telling you they just can’t cope with what’s going on any more.

“There are many resources about temper tantrums, discipline and social emotional development available from your local library, bookseller, online and your public school districts’s early childhood program.”

Other parent educator favorites this month are: “I Love My Daddy” by Giles Andreae, “Two Little Monkeys” by Mem Fox, “Green” by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and “Chloe” by Peter McCarty.