Powerful. Compelling, for both storytellers and children.
An eye-opening title- “Even Superheroes Have Bad Days”.
The word “superhero” has many layers of stereotypical societal labels and expectations. It is accompanied by the perception of someone with soaring energy, highly charitable characteristics and remarkable charisma. Held up on a pedestal of saviours of humanity. Some if not most of us are are numb to realise the innate hero in all of us that holds much potential to what we are capable of for ourselves and the ones around us.
One that is sure to get anyone to rethink and re-calibrate to look at what it means to be a true superhero. This includes the adults. The pages are accompanied with colorful illustrations to form of characters and situations, leaving the mind of young ones to paint a motion story as we read to them.
It’s a book that children will definitely love! My children have been enchanted, inquisitive and engrossed with every page turned. They recall specific situations and characters from the book in random circumstances which they feel it applies. I think this is one strong evidence that the book has it’s charming way to facilitate social-emotional learning in nurturing emotional intelligence in children.
To acknowledge a range of emotions, choices of actions, consequences of actions, the emotions that the actions triggers, to own emotions as their own and develop responsibility from within. It is a rare opportunity.
Here are 5 reasons why you should read this book to your children.
1. Nurture a range of emotions
The content of the book acknowledges the range of emotions experienced by all people. Children are more often socially accepted when they exhibit emotions that are considered to be “correct” by most people. Contrary to the common perception and misperceptions, the book accepts the human aspects as it is. Through good days and bad, we are what we are. We manage our emotions more effectively as we much as we learn and are given the space to.
2. With great power comes great responsibility
Children learn coping mechanisms, social skills and behaviour management strategies through the method of social storytelling. They are brought through a journey of a perspectives where the opportunity to think what is “right”, “wrong” and “just” is presented. It provides choices instead of specific accepted behaviour. It is a rare opportunity for anyone in this day, what more for a child to build the ability to think, decide and act on their own. A great way to nurture responsibility in children.
3. Harmony in diversity
The book helps to foster acceptance of people of all sorts. The characters in this book are diverse all around. Children are visually and emotionally presented with characters of various shapes, sizes, colours, fashion sense, characters, personalities, gender and so forth. Exposure to diverse form of characters increases the likelihood of social cohesion through developing genuine interest in one another. As it is, each person is unique in their own ways, beyond visible descriptives.
4. Instills active listening skills
Over a period of time, it allows children to instill ability to listen attentively when spoken to. Children ask for more opportunities to be read stories, due to the increased interest in the experience. With visuals, expressions and strings of words to accompany, children are naturally drawn to wanting to hear more. My children flip the pages whenever they get a chance with the book!
5. Nurtures relationship between the reader and the child
Through the appreciation of reading and listening, healthy bonds are forged stronger. With continuous experience as such, there will be increased likelihood of fewer emotional and behavioural problems as it helps children build their cognitive, language and social-emotional abilities across economic classes.
All in all, children learn effective coping mechanisms through narratives in pages while having a meaningful time with you. The book provides children a joyful process of unleashing their personal truth by presenting practical self-management methods.
Anyone who identifies themself as an educator; parents, teachers, caregivers- this book is a great tool to nurture a more holistic environment that is free of prejudices and discrimination.
As David Cheese puts it, “I think storytelling is all about children. We human beings love to hear stories being told – and it first happens when you’re a kid.” What more a book with vivid colours, life and action!