Sunday, July 17, 2022

"A Smile in Your Pocket" - a bookwrap



A Smile in Your Pocket

by Jarrod Zayas

Illustrated by Weaverbird Interactive


* Ages:  3+

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Paperback:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Baker & Taylor, Paw Prints Publishing

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 6, 2022

* ISBN:  9781223183169

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This is a wonderful heartwarming book for kids struggling with changes in their lives.  It's oftentimes hard to accept new ways of doing things which cause little ones to feel sad, uncertain and scared. 

The adorable illustrations and positive message of the rhyming text is sure to be a comfort to those feeling confused and unhappy about their changing circumstances.  

The book assures Miles, a sweet little boy, that it's okay to feel uncomfortable and anxious because adults have those same feelings too sometimes. With support from his family and his caring teacher he is lifted out his sadness and taught how to always have a smile ready to help him cope and feel better.  It is a beautiful life lesson that he eagerly shares with those around him, even with Daisy, the dog.  

The illustrations greatly enrich the storyline.  They are expressive, colourful and relatable.  At the end of the book are tips by Dr. Kaia Calbeck, a clinical psychologist with a practice based in Miami, Florida.  They will help children deal with the anxiety of a change.  This segment will be very helpful to a parent, caregiver or educator.  The book addresses topics of coping with change and managing the negative emotions surrounding circumstances that unexpectedly occur in life.  I highly recommend this book. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, Jarrod Zayas spent years performing original theatrical productions across the United States with Birmingham Children's Theatre. As a member of the theatre's creative team, Jarrod adapted and wrote original scripts. After touring, Jarrod settled in New York, where he has taken his experience with writing and performing for children and applied it to the fi eld of educational publishing. Over the last decade, Jarrod has written for a number of educational programs for children, one of which was a fi nalist for Elon Musk's 2018 Global Learning X Prize competition.

About the Illustrator

Weaverbird Interactive focuses on branding and publication design industry. The design campaigns are based on client’s needs and end users expectations. The end goal is consistency across print, website, interactive and application platforms.
The focus is on paradigm-shift towards how design blends with the environment and its integration with the natural elements. Each project brings with it new challenges and higher expectations which helps us in raising the design bar higher every time.

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