Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
This is a wonderful book for kids, 5 to 9 and beyond.
It is about how to develop the self-confidence to say No, and stand up for what you believe.
The story is about two friends, Jill and Susie.
They like to be around each other and hang out.
However, there is one major problem with their friendship: Jill cannot stand up for what she wants.
She is afraid of hurting Susie’s feelings.
In the process, she ends up hurting herself and she seems powerless to do anything about it.
Then one day, Susie asks Jill to stay out later.
Jill knows that her parents wanted her home by six.
She promised them that she would be back by that time.
But when Susie pressures Jill to stay longer to watch a hot air balloon, Jill reluctantly agrees.
She feels terrible because she has allowed herself to be manipulated by her friend.
But what is more, when she gets home, her parents aren’t happy with her at all.
Can she stand up for herself?
Can she stand up to Jill and her other friends?
What will it take for her to really feel self-confident enough to stand up for what she believes in?
What I love about this book is the strong message that it has.
Also, at the end of the book, there is an informative section about how parents can build self-confidence in their children.
Also, there is a tips section to show parents how they can encourage each other to develop self-confidence.
This is a book every parent and caregiver should read so that we can help kids in our home and neighbourhood to be self-confident.
This is an important message for us to promote in our home and in our schools.
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
About the Book
Title: Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
Author: Ilona Lammertink
Illustrator: Lucie Georger
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Series: Bunnys & Bubbles
Publisher: Clavis; Reprint edition (July 1, 2013)
Available at amazon.com.