Stephie’s books focus on the individual and how their mind informs their social decisions. We know that children respond to situations based on their pre-sets, their dispositions as they grow. Priscilla and the Perfect Storm operates on the notion that there are ways to deal with emotions. However, students need to first focus on how this is happening in their mind and body and how it effects others around them.
Priscilla is a perfectionist. Do you have a student like this in your class?
Priscilla is good at everything but sometimes she can’t see that.
When she feels like she sees mistakes, she gets very frustrated. The author pinpoints Priscilla’s physiological reactions to her frustration. This will help students identify their feelings and body reactions when they get frustrated.
Younger children who get frustrated may not be able to identify that it impacts their friends. This narrative highlights this in a very child friendly way.
Stephanie uses metaphor to convey the message and this allows children to interpret frustration and anxiety from their point of view.
Priscilla learns that her storms impact herself and others. She then learns ways to deal with her anxiety and stay calm by implementing self-control strategies.
This book is ideal for both the home and school setting. Many times, children have trouble identifying why they are frustrated and how to deal with it. This book addresses that in bucket loads. I also love that it is narrated in the first person which makes it very easy for children to understand the key messages.
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I also like that it is predominately based at school. Many times students get frustrated at their performance at school but don’t always express it and many time as teachers we may not address it properly. Identifying the positives in a situation plus acknowledging why we get frustrated is a complex process but with the help of this book, it sure does make it easier. I highly recommend this book first to fifth graders, for any time of the year.
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