web site hit counter When Sadness Is at Your Door - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

When Sadness Is at Your Door

Availability: Ready to download

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 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 scary sensation. In When Sadness Is at Your Door, Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. She gives it a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify it and distinguish it from ourselves. She suggests activities to do with it, like sitting quietly, drawing, and going outside for a walk. The beauty of this approach is in the respect the book has for the feeling, and the absence of a narrative that encourages the reader to "get over" it or indicates that it's "bad," both of which are anxiety-producing notions. Simple illustrations that recall the classic style of Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) invite readers to add their own impressions. Eva Eland's debut picture book is a great primer in mindfulness and emotional literacy, perfect for kids navigating these new feelings--and for adult readers tackling the feelings themselves!


Compare

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 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 scary sensation. In When Sadness Is at Your Door, Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. She gives it a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify it and distinguish it from ourselves. She suggests activities to do with it, like sitting quietly, drawing, and going outside for a walk. The beauty of this approach is in the respect the book has for the feeling, and the absence of a narrative that encourages the reader to "get over" it or indicates that it's "bad," both of which are anxiety-producing notions. Simple illustrations that recall the classic style of Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) invite readers to add their own impressions. Eva Eland's debut picture book is a great primer in mindfulness and emotional literacy, perfect for kids navigating these new feelings--and for adult readers tackling the feelings themselves!

30 review for When Sadness Is at Your Door

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    This is a simple beginning book about the visitor known as sadness and how to handle it. I think it’s pretty good advice like sit with it and get to know it and ask it why it’s here. Befriend it and a new day will have it going away. I think this book is simple and brilliant. I think this is good for all ages, but its target is the very young. It so simply explains sadness in a way children get. This is a FANTASTIC book. FANTASTIC. The artwork is simple, the lines are simple, the story is simple This is a simple beginning book about the visitor known as sadness and how to handle it. I think it’s pretty good advice like sit with it and get to know it and ask it why it’s here. Befriend it and a new day will have it going away. I think this book is simple and brilliant. I think this is good for all ages, but its target is the very young. It so simply explains sadness in a way children get. This is a FANTASTIC book. FANTASTIC. The artwork is simple, the lines are simple, the story is simple and the effect is so Powerful. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’ve known sadness pretty well at times in my life and this book does sadness perfectly. My niece and nephew don’t have a lot of sadness in their lives, but they still understood this. The niece gave this 4 stars and she asked if that was the way to handle sadness. I told her I thought it was one of the better ways. The nephew was weirdly enjoying this book too. He sad looking at sadness made him sad. He said the book made him feel sad, but the last page helped him feel happy again. He thought that was strange. He too gave this 4 stars because he thought that was neat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com When Sadness Comes to Call is the first book by Eva Eland in her Big Emotions series. The book teaches young children that sometimes people get sad, even for no apparent reason, and that it is natural to feel that way. In the story, we meet sadness who is shown as being an aqua green coloured large round jellylike person with slumped shoulders and a down-turned mouth. He arrives at the door of a small child who doesn’t know what to do about the sadness. Th Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com When Sadness Comes to Call is the first book by Eva Eland in her Big Emotions series. The book teaches young children that sometimes people get sad, even for no apparent reason, and that it is natural to feel that way. In the story, we meet sadness who is shown as being an aqua green coloured large round jellylike person with slumped shoulders and a down-turned mouth. He arrives at the door of a small child who doesn’t know what to do about the sadness. The plot then shows that you should try to make friends with sadness and maybe do some activities to help it such as listen to music or play outside. The book has very few words but they leave a powerful message not only for children but I think for adults too, as sometimes we forget that sadness can just come from no-where and stick around for a while. The illustrations are beautiful and invite the reader into the story. When Sadness Comes to Call would make an amazing bedtime read or even a class read. I can also see it being the start of a conversation about emotions and how they work and why they happen, so be prepared for some tough, but vital questions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Raafi

    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." 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."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ravi

    When Sadness Is at Your Door accept it and let to sit beside you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    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 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 an adult). 2018 was a very challenging year for us as a family. When the tree fell on our house back in June, I so wish I would have had this book to help my girls see that it is okay to be sad. Sadness will eventually float away and it's important to embrace feelings as they come. My girls loved this book and it made for a good opener for the girls to ask a lot of good questions about feelings. Any book that can get us talking is a good one to me. I liked the philosophy of this book and how it was able to take a difficult topic and turn it into something that my girls could easily understand it and embrace the lessons!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Snowden

    A simple but thoughtful book which looks at the effects of sadness, and how it can impact you throughout the day. I love that at the end it highlights the importance of putting sadness to bed and knowing that the next day is a new day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dna

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookish

    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 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 attempt to hide it and, then, offers a roadmap of how you might confidently, without fear, get to know sadness a little better. The illustrations melt my heart. In one, the little girl sits at the table drawing with sadness. In another, they hold hands and take a walk in the woods. Perhaps the drawing that moved me the most is where she gives sadness a hug. Finally, she goes to sleep with sadness wrapped round her like a blanket: sadness knows it is not alone says the text. On the wall is a drawing of the little girl and sadness holding hands. The illustrations may be simple but they are full of emotion and the story, simply-told, is packed with wisdom and warmth. I look forward to further offerings from Eva Eland.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Countess

    Excellent. . 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 Excellent. . 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, right? . WHEN SADNESS IS AT YOUR DOOR gives easy entry (ugh, sorry...I know...) for our kids experiencing a crisis to begin talking about that blue blob that’s always lingering, never far away, yet sometimes gloriously absent, too. . The artwork is divine: simple AND effective. The message? This guy isn’t scary, kiddies. Let’s name him. Feel comfortable with him being around for a bit. Then we can move on-with AND without that adorable blue blob. .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    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 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 let the sadness go. This book would be a great companion to Me And My Fear by Francesca Sanna and What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada.

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 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. Highly recommend for all children but, really, people of all ages can learn a lot from this picture book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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

  13. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JenLovesBooks

    I really wish there were more books like this. With everything going on nowadays, kids need to see and hear more of this. Parents need to be able to have more books that help with our childs' emotions when we don't always have the words or a way to help them understand them ourselves. Just wish it was a little bit longer. I really wish there were more books like this. With everything going on nowadays, kids need to see and hear more of this. Parents need to be able to have more books that help with our childs' emotions when we don't always have the words or a way to help them understand them ourselves. Just wish it was a little bit longer.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    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 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 to say "It does not do it for me. Thank you for the opportunity to read it though." This is going to be a LOVE it or EH book. You will have strong feelings about it (positive or negative) You need to read this book and choose for yourself. Also, it might not be the best book to read if you are having an off day. However, it could be a great book. There will only be what you think about this book. There cannot be you taking another persons opinion of this book. Me? I am very glad it is out there. However, it was not going to be on my Top 10 Favorites this year. It will, however, be a book I might have to re-read just to be sure of my first thoughts. However, something tells me, every reading will give you more thoughts, change some of the first ones and really make you stop and think.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    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 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 be helpful for a whole-class discussion on feelings and emotions or for use with a specific child experiencing depression, anxiety, or grief. The illustrations are drawn in simple brown lines with only soothing mint green and peach for coloring. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bean

    "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 "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 illustrations show young readers that just making room to be with Sadness is a powerful, effective way to process the emotion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    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 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 heartwarming book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    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. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Guys, 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

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    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." 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."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    What a wonderful book! Sadness is presented to small children as kind of 'jello ghost' that follows them around and they come to terms with the 'envelopment' that often occurs when he takes over their physical space. Really innovative concept with excellent art! What a wonderful book! Sadness is presented to small children as kind of 'jello ghost' that follows them around and they come to terms with the 'envelopment' that often occurs when he takes over their physical space. Really innovative concept with excellent art!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Groseclose

    Great picture book that thoughtfully address emotions.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a cute children’s book about how it is okay to react in different ways when you are feeling sad.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Whelp, this is just lovely. Easy to understand and breaks down a concept that even adults struggle with - sometimes you just have to sit with sadness. Embrace it, let it know it is heard, and don’t try to hide it. The personification of sadness in the illustrations is very effective.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yue

    Beautiful book! It explains, in a simple way so children can understand, how to deal with sadness. Recommended for all ages.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    What a lovely book about the reality of sadness and some of the best ways to deal with it. I loved the end notes showing how sadness can look different in everyone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    How do children deal with sadness? This book helps children find ways of coping when sadness arrives, and reminds children that sadness is a normal part of life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    BrookesEducationLibrary

    Simple, profound and a careful look at how sadness can seem to take over your days and nights and how to deal with it through acceptance.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.