Book of the Week: Good News Bad News

July 2, 2012

This simple story, called Good News Bad News, is a gentle, entertaining way to bring up the concept of looking for the positive.

Do any of your kids have a hard time seeing the sunny side of things? I feel like my kids totally have glass-half-empty days (or weeks! or years!) and I’m not immune to them either.

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1 Janae @ Bring-Joy July 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

Oh yes, my kids (& myself) are prone to the grumps every once in awhile.

Once one kid or parent has a sour disposition, it’s contagious! I feel a responsibility as mom to steer the mood, so if one child is unhappy or whining, I try to nip it in the bud, either by distracting them with something else, singing, playing a game (despite our location, most any situation can be turned into a game), or if all else fails, tickeling/snuggling with them (my kids are all quite young, so I can get away with this!).

Lovely illustrations & I love how this book is simple to read, while teaching some great concepts.


2 Melanie July 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

This kind of reminds me of the book “Fortunately” by Remy Charlip that was first published in 1964. “Fortunately, Ned gets an invitation to a surprise party. Unfortunately the party is in Florida.” I love the illustrations in “Fortunately,” but some of Ned’s mishaps may be a little too scary/violent for young kids (his plane crashing, being chased by tigers…).


3 hennymats July 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I love this! Maybe even more for myself than for the kids – I’m the family pessimist I guess. Thanks for sharing!


4 Andrea July 6, 2012 at 6:56 am

So cute! I always love new book recommendations. Thank you:).


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