When Sadness is At Your Door by Eva Eland

When Sadness is at Your Door: Eland, Eva: 9780525707189: Amazon.com: Books


This book is an amazing introduction to depression and how to handle it. It follows a boy who is visited by the sad emotion, which is illustrated to be a semi-see through blue blob. The book shows how sadness can feel, like being unable to breath or feeling like your emotions take over you, as well as showing how to handle it, like going for a walk or giving it a name and listening to it. In the end, the sadness disappeared, and the boy got ready for a new day.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, not just children. So many adults nowadays are disconnected with how they feel, that this would be a nice, easy example of how to reconnect with those lost feelings. I loved that it didn’t show children how to “overcome” the sadness with hard work and determination, but rather showed how to be tender to that sad side and let it happen. Work with it instead of against it. I think this book perfectly portrays depression and I love that there is a children’s book about it.

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