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When Sadness Is at Your Door

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  149 reviews
In the style of Harold and the Purple Crayon comes a picture-book primer in emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it is our guest.

Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scar
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published October 2018)
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Abduraafi Andrian
A good book to introduce children about sadness. The last book I borrowed at the Scottsdale Public Library. See you again!

"Try not to be afraid od Sadness. Give it a name. Listen to it. Ask where it comes from and what it needs."
Soms heb je het geluk dat een prentenboek net op het juiste moment op bezoek komt...

(Vandaag verdient dit boekje dan ook ongetwijfeld een vijfde sterretje.)
A sweet, gentle story that gives an actual shape to sadness and teaches children to acknowledge and be okay with feeling the feeling, while carrying on like usual.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In my short journey in being a parent (my girls will be four years old this year), one of the most difficult things that my husband and I have been through is helping our girls with their emotions. Emotions are a part of the human condition but it can be hard to deal with them. "When Sadness is at Your Door" is a good primer on how even feelings like sadness have a place and shouldn't be pushed aside or forgotten. It is okay to be sad (oh, this is definitely a lesson that I am still learning as ...more
The Reading Countess
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, picture-books
This is a must have tool in everyone’s arsenal. I’m talking schools, libraries, counseling offices, safety patrol vehicles...
We can never discount when we can serve as a lifeline for a child who is hurting.-
Talking to children about abstract ideas can be challenging. Throw in a little bit of taboo, though our society is improving in this area, makes it nearly impossible to reach our youngest and most vulnerable hearts. I mean, kids are kids...what do THEY have to feel sad about, rig
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite illustrations from this book is on the copyright page. Sadness, represented by a mint-green amorphous blob, stands outside a closed door. On the other side of the door, a little girl clutches an open book in her hands. She peers cautiously over the top of the book, looking in the direction of door.

The book describes the little girl's changing relationship with sadness. In a gentle, matter-of-fact tone, it describes how sadness makes the little girl feel. It follows her attemp
Colona Public Library
I wonderful introduction to sadness and its shifting relationship. I really enjoy the color palette in this book, the repeating colors make sadness a part of everything, even in something beautiful like the flowers outside. This is an excellent book to help kids understand their feelings, especially a strong emotion like sadness, that can come and go in different lengths of time. Excellent read, fantastic illustrations, I highly recommend! ~Ashley
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uitleggen wat mama doet als dochter later groot is. Tja. Hmm. Euhm. Wel...
Therapie in behapbare kindertaal oftewel: hoe wij professioneel normaal doen over emoties.
Mooi boek!
Raven Black
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
THIS REVIEW: might not be a popular opinion. But it is mine after this reading of it.

This is going to be a very popular book. It is going to win awards for context and for the illustrations. It will be talked about, promoted and probably go out of stock for awhile at vendors/publisher. If you have not read this book people are going to think you have two heads. And it is going to be one of those books that if you do not like it, people will think something is wrong with you. BUT do not be afraid
Dealing with unpleasant emotions such as sadness, fear, and grief can be very difficult for anyone, but especially for young children who may not have learned helpful coping skills. This lovely picture book uses language that is gentle and soothing along with softly rendered illustrations that show Sadness as a melancholy visitor that needs attention. I like that the book offers suggestions to help youngsters calm themselves with quiet activities in order to get to a place where maybe they can l ...more
Jillian Heise
A nice addition to Social-Emotional Learning picture book sets dealing with heavy emotions. Will pair well with The Rabbit Listened, Allie All Along, Jack's Worry, Whimsey's Heavy Things, The Remember Balloons, The Rough Patch... The muted palate of the illustrations fits the topic and creates a visual way for kids to see the sadness hanging on.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Jede*r von uns kennt dieses Gefühl: Traurigkeit. Mal schleicht sie sich ganz langsam in unser Leben und mal kommt sie ganz plötzlich und unerwartet. Doch wie gehen wir mit ihr um? Sollen wir versuchen sie wegzuschließen oder gibt es vielleicht noch andere Wege mit der eigenen Traurigkeit umzugehen?

Meine Meinung

In Gebrauchsanweisung gegen Traurigkeit ist die Traurigkeit als ein grün-durchsichtiges Wesen dargestellt, das auf mich so wirkt als würde es nachgeben, wenn man gegen es drücken wür
Shaye Miller
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a gentle story that introduces sadness in a unique way. Children are encouraged to see sadness as a normal part of their lives. The story shows ways to include sadness in their daily activities, rather than trying to shut it out or hide it. Calming activities such as sitting quietly, drawing, listening to music, and going for a walk are mentioned as something they might do with sadness. And sometimes sadness will drift in and out of their lives, and that’s completely okay. This one could ...more
"Try not to be afraid of Sadness. Give it a name. Ask where it comes from and what it needs. If you don't understand each other, just sit together and be quiet for awhile."

A clear-minded, gentle story that teaches children (and adults) how to be compassionate with their hard emotions. By relating to our Sadness with tenderness and curiosity, Eland demonstrates how to understand vulnerability as strength -- without needing to "fix" anything or feign positivity. Simple, softly-colored illustration
Nancy Kotkin
A very important and powerful picture book that explains how to treat sadness when it arrives at your door, even though you may not have invited it over. The pared-down text and illustrations quite effectively break down this complex emotion into terms that a child can understand and relate to. The coping solutions presented are everyday activities that any child can do. This book's masterful creator ends the story arc with the child protagonist embracing sadness, and then sadness moving on. Hig ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The one I own has a different title for some reason but it’s a lovely book. Fantastic illustrations.

I feel like this is a message that has been spreading more and more recently and there might be other books about it out there that I have yet to come across but I still found it heartwarming. I remember a few years back I worked on a comic strip with a friend that had the same overall message but instead of Sadness she chose Loneliness and I loved working on that and interpreting her words.

It’s a
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice simple look at sadness for Littles. Even preschoolers can understand the feeling when this book is read to them. I like the way the book introduces sadness and encourages naming and accepting the emotion and also explaining that it goes away. That's very important. Children need words for what they are feeling and this books gives sadness expression. Love the illustrations, simple, but easily understood.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never have I felt so understood, vulnerable, and validated from reading a picture book before. It is so pure that as I was turning the pages I was trying to hold back tears.
This is a great resource for trying to explain to children (and adults) that it is okay to be sad and that you are not alone.
Nothing but love for this book <3
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful and simple story about embracing your sadness. It demonstrates how to name it and claim it, become friends with it, but don't let it consume. And so wonderfully said at the end, "Don't worry - today is a new day."
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. I loved this book. As someone who was frequently sad as a child, and frequently sad as an adult, too, this one spoke to me. I could see how it would be a nice gift for a person of any age going through a rough spot or whose outlook on life is a bit more on the melancholy side. I liked how the book emphasized that sadness isn't something to fear, and that even when we are sad, we can still do things for self-care. I also enjoyed the depiction of sadness as a ghostlike creature.
Pamela Groseclose
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great picture book that thoughtfully address emotions.
Amanda Carr
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every adult should be given this book. Sweet and gentle message for ALL of us. ❤ ...more
Heidi Burkhart
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very subtle illustrations and text. Perfect for young children who need to know more about sorrow.
Lu's Reviews
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a well-done discussion of sadness. The illustrations are beautiful and sparse. Lu studied each. This got a sigh and a "that good" at the end.

(May 2019, library book)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute children’s book about how it is okay to react in different ways when you are feeling sad.
Feb 11, 2019 marked it as picture-books
Lovely, but all of the characters (in the end papers and at the park) are white.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
A beautifully poignant picture book that makes the concept of sadness accessible to young children while still being completely and 100% worthwhile for adults to read. I applaud this book, especially as it does not revert to positivity to "make everything better." Sometimes you are just going to be sad, and as the author demonstrates, that is okay.

Highly recommend.
Feb 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: picture-books
I really liked this book until the end. I think it's important for kids to know that sometimes your sadness doesn't go away, and that's okay too.
Lupita Rodriguez
Un libro para enseñar a los niños que la tristeza no es mala y hay que aprender a aceptarla y entenderla para poder superarla
Marta-Kate Jackson
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely read that makes the abstract concept of heavy sadness more concrete for young children.
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