Thursday, February 11, 2021

"Practicing Patience" - a bookwrap


Patience is a Virtue! 


Practicing Patience How to Wait Patiently When your Body Doesn’t Want to

Authored by Jennifer Law

Illustrated by Brian Martin


* Ages:  4-7

* Grades:  PK+

* Paperback Length:  31 pages

* Publisher:  Boys Town Press

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 23, 2021

* Language:  English

From the Back Cover

Lately, Gabe has been having a hard time when it comes to waiting around. In fact, there's hardly ANYTHING worse in Gabe's eyes than having to wait. Whether it's waiting for classmates to get quiet enough to go to PE, or waiting for his turn in the lunch line, Gabe is just plain TIRED of waiting!

But imagine Gabe's surprise when his grumbling and waiting is interrupted by a small voice coming from an unlikely place "€" his left shoe! That's when Gabe meets Lefty, who notices Gabe's restlessness and provides him with some tips on how to be patient. That sure was surprising for Gabe! But what was even more surprising was when his right shoe, Lacey, pipes in to explain why it's important to practice patience "€" even when it's hard!

Will Gabe be able to use these strategies to keep himself calm and remain patient when he has to wait? PreK "€" 5 students are sure to relate to Gabe's struggles and find ways to use the tips to practice patience at school and at home.

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Gabe has a hard time waiting and remaining calm.  His patience runs thin quickly and he just wants to get on with things.  This book highlights his feelings and reactions when he is postponed. 

   A very curious and magical phenomena occurs that helps him rectify  and reign in his emotions when he is forced to wait. His shoes, Lefty and Lacey,  unveil themselves and start giving him advice as how he can become a conquerer.  They guide and direct him by suggesting that he relax his body, focus and become more attentive, stay calm and practice the power of positive thinking.  

   The illustrations greatly enrich the text and are full of expression and are very kid-friendly.  I like the diversity of the characters and how responsive Gabe is as he processes his behaviour and then follows the directions that his shoes impart to him.  The author includes "Tips for Parents and Educators" at the end which will be very helpful to the adults.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



Meet the Author

Jennifer Law is an elementary school counselor in Iowa with more than 15 years of experience! Jennifer loves that her role allows her the opportunity to watch students grow from kindergarteners to 5th graders. Her work with students struggling to handle feelings of anger inspired her to write her first book, Pause Power.


Through her work as a school counselor, she knows that using stories to teach children is a great way for kids to learn the skill of pausing before they react. The choices children make matter because children matter.

Jennifer, her husband, and two sons are happy to call Iowa home!

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