Stuart J. Murphy, author
Stuart J. Murphy, author of the award-winning MathStart books (HarperCollins), has developed a new series for Charlesbridge: I See I Learn®. The I See I Learn® books feature simple stories and visual learning strategies to help young children learn important social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart, a visual learning specialist, has also served on the authorship teams of a number of major educational programs. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.
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Murphy's I See I Learn series continues with two new titles aimed at teaching kids valuable emotional and social skills. Percy's day is not going well. He can't find his other shoe, doesn't want to leave his playdate and doesn't feel like eating at dinnertime or sleeping at bedtime. Vocabulary words for Percy's feelings (frustrated, grumpy) are set in bold type, while body language speaks to them. His parents encourage him to calm down, stop and think, take a deep breath, talk about it and count to ten. Backmatter includes a visual summary of feelings and ways to deal with them and "A Closer Look," which poses questions to readers to help them analyze their own feelings and behaviors. . . . The simple, brightly colored illustrations keep the focus on the facial expressions and body language of his anthropomorphized cast of characters. Two more solid entries to a useful, if not particularly artful series.
Kutztown University Spring Book Review, March 2012
This is a great book for parents whose children are going through their tantrum stages. Percy starts out his day being upset. He gets frustrated that he can't find his shoe, and his mother tells him to calm down and finds it for him. He is playing with his friends and it's time to go home for dinner; Percy gets grouchy and starts to throw a fit saying he doesn't want to go. His mother tells him to stop and remember that he will be back tomorrow. The book provides a diagram in the back on what these children may be feeling and what you can do to stop the tantrums. It's a great book for kids to read and learn from. –Rebecca Livsey, Student, Kutztown University
School Library Journal
A young giraffe is having a bad day. When he loses his shoe, he stamps his foot. He wants to keep playing with his friend when his mother calls him home for dinner, and he does not want to eat what his father has made. Protesting that he is not tired, Percy balks at going to bed. To help him calm down, his patient parents offer simple strategies, such as taking a deep breath, counting to 10, and talking about why he is upset. After a good night's sleep, he is no longer out of sorts. The full-color illustrations are interspersed with pictures of the youngster in a red bubble on a white background, being frustrated, grouchy, cranky, and angry. Shown in a bubble as he falls asleep, he is wrapped in a restful blue blanket. The final spread has highlighted words and diagrams of feelings and strategies. This simple story might best be used in a lesson on anger management by classroom teachers or guidance counselors. –Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN