When Sadness Is at Your Door - Blog Tour

FTC disclosure: I received a free advanced copy of the book When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland, in exchange for a fair and honest review.


When Sadness Is at Your Door
By Eva Eland
Published January 29, 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers

About this book: 
A comforting primer in emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it is our guest.

Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are–an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.

In When Sadness Is at Your Door, Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. She gives it a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify it and distinguish it from ourselves. She suggests activities to do with it, like sitting quietly, drawing, and going outside for a walk. The beauty of this approach is in the respect the book has for the feeling, and the absence of a narrative that encourages the reader to “get over” it or indicates that it’s “bad,” both of which are anxiety-producing notions.

Simple illustrations that recall the classic style of Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) invite readers to add their own impressions.

Eva Eland’s debut picture book is a great primer in mindfulness and emotional literacy, perfect for kids navigating these new feelings–and for adult readers tackling the feelings themselves!

Alethea's review:

You don't *really* have to stay up all night--that's just what I call my 5-star rating. Eva Eland has written and illustrated a great lesson about empathy in this picture book, where Sadness comes like an uninvited guest, a clingy entity that won't leave you alone. Sadness is represented by a big, blue, transparent blob towering over the child that represents the reader. Sweet, simple crayon-like illustrations show "you" trying to cope with Sadness, through understanding, empathy, and acceptance. The simple design of the main child character can allow anyone to put themselves in their place.

No matter the reason (or lack of reason) for sadness appearing at our doorsteps, no matter the age of the reader, When Sadness Is at Your Door is an excellent introduction to emotional intelligence, depression, and feelings. For such a short book, it boils a complex topic down to its essence and serves it to us like a thick, comforting hot cocoa, so that we'll know that it's fine for Sadness to come and stay awhile, that it will come and go, and how to be OK with it.

The endpapers are also lovely and themselves tell a few little stories. Make sure to look at both the front and the back ones.

You can find more about the author and illustrator at evaeland.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @evaeland.


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