Change can be hard for all of us, especially for children when faced with something new and scary. Whether it is attending a new school, moving to a different neighborhood, facing an unexpected challenge, or becoming a big brother or sister, our kids need help building coping and resilience skills. Without these types of skills, kids can experience stress and anxiety when faced with a tough time or transition.
A Big Change For Daisy is a new children’s book written by author Keri T. Collins that addresses how to cope with change. Through the eyes of an adorable English Bulldog named Daisy, our children will learn how to handle changes that bring new challenges to their lives. Daisy is the perfect character to speak to every child who may be feeling anxious about a big change to their routine and needs a way to work through those feelings.
Daisy is as happy as can be living with her attentive family in her gorgeous home. She literally is the “queen of her castle.” All the toys belong to her and she is free to roam about the house all day long in peace. But then one day, a new dog arrives in the household and Daisy becomes distraught. She didn’t like the change that was happening around her and she started to feel anxious. She wondered who this new creature was in her special space.
The new dog named Lilly Rosa explained that she would be her new little sister, but Daisy was very concerned that she would take over her role in the family and even steal her toys and other belongings. As she felt her stress level being to skyrocket, Daisy stopped and meditated a bit (yes, this dog loves to meditate!). Daisy eventually learns to see the positive in having another dog to play with all day long and accepts this big change as a good thing.
The main message is that these two dogs learned to love and accept each other and embrace the change that they were both experiencing. Children will get so much out of following along in how Daisy and Lilly learned to deal with the change they faced and can apply those lessons to their own lives.
In addition to the story, the book has such a soothing, yet upbeat feel to it that children are sure to feel relaxed while reading it and enjoying the pictures. The illustrations look like watercolor paintings and depict the characters with big personalities and fun fashion taste.
A huge benefit of the book is that the author includes Daisy’s tips for change for the readers to take away with them as important lessons to remember from her story. She emphasizes the importance of children sharing their feelings about change to help reduce the stress and anxiety that resisting change can cause. She also outlines several helpful ways to reduce stress that children can try, such as breathing exercises, meditation, and journaling.
Finally, I love how Keri ends her book with a little gem for all of her attentive readers: a coloring page of a castle to make their own.
Your children will love listening to Daisy’s story. Grab your copy of A Big Change For Daisy right now!
About The Author
Keri T. Collins is the award-winning author of You Can Call Me Katelyn, parent of one independent daughter, wife, and all-around champion of taking action. She believes one action can completely change your path, which is why she loves to write books for kids with action messages. Her hope is the messages for her books will give kids lifelong tools to live their joy, share their sparkle of kindness, and be able to take action from their heart. Keri believes everyone—children, teenagers, and parents—all have incredible power in how they live their lives. It’s a matter of perspective, and it’s a matter of choosing one small action—a sparkle if you will—and letting it grow from there.