Happy Friday Everyone! I’m not sad today, but there are days when I am. For better or worse, sadness is part of all of our lives from time to time. And that’s why I really like what Eva Eland has done with her picture book When Sadness Is At Your Door (published in January from Random House ).
There is a reassuring tone to this book about a subject that little kids can have a hard time understanding and expressing: sadness. Eland normalizes it, encouraging young readers to accept sadness into their lives and to try and figure out what might be causing it. Leaving readers with a hopeful message, Eland ends her text by having her narrator welcome in a new day without sadness.
The simple color palette, made up of only brown, blue, and pink, conveys a sense of calmness. Even the font choice seems connected purposively to the overall message.
This is not a book about lingering sadness in young children. This book offers a developmentally-appropriate look at the fleeting type of sadness, sadness that may come and go at different points in our lives. It is the type of sadness that we can handle on our own – if we know how.
If you are looking for a book that will start a discussion about emotions with the young readers in your life, you’d be smart to put this one on your bookshelf!