It’s hard to apologize. It’s hard to say thank you. Sometimes it’s even hard to invite someone over for a birthday party. Sign Here: Twenty-Two Unofficially Official Pull-Out Forms to Apply for Dreams, Pets, More Pocket Money, Report Feelings, File Secrets and So Much More by written by Gabrielle Djanogly and illustrated by Adèle Mildred is a cleverly designed, slyly bureaucratic collection of “forms”. This book makes dealing with childhood issues a great deal less awkward and a whole lot more fun. Issued in impressively official script and language by the Department of Regret, Remorse, and Reconciliation, the Union of Childhood Revenue, the Ministry of Dreams, and other indispensable offices, these forms help kids say some of the hard stuff. For example: “I’ve eaten the last piece of…,” “You’re the best sister in the world,” “Thank you for buying me stuff I need,” “Thank you for buying me stuff I don’t need.” And, because it’s important to record even your most private feelings, there are forms to verify that one’s parents are, indeed, aliens; that the surprise birthday gift was not actually a surprise; that you had a really scary dream; and other conundrums not easily expressed in person. Highly adaptable to meet the needs and desires of any boy or girl, these forms can be endlessly photocopied—and of course filed away by parents and grandparents for future reminiscences and chuckles.
Deals with Emotions
Sometimes kids have a hard dealing with and expressing their emotions. Sign Here: Twenty-Two Unofficially Official Pull-Out Forms to Apply for Dreams, Pets, More Pocket Money, Report Feelings, File Secrets and So Much More has many forms that can help children deal with their feelings. For example, the Apology Form, issued by the DRR (department of regret, remorse, and reconciliation) helps children to acknowledge what they did or said first. Then it asks them to state who they should apologize to and how they will try not to do what they apologized for again. Another great form is the United States of Emotions for Acknowledgement of Angry form. On this form, it asks the child to rate how angry they are. Next it asks why they are angry, how does being angry make them feel, and what may help them to not be angry. One of the last questions is how “Just out of curiosity, do you feel any less angry having filled out this form?”. These types of forms help children to learn to accept that it is ok to feel angry sometimes, but it also helps them to learn how to cope with their emotions.
Teaching children how to set goals is very important. In this book, the Teach Me How form, helps children learn to set goals on various things. A few things a child may want to learn is how to tie their shoelaces or bowtie, tell time, bake cookies, ride a book, or play chess. This form helps children to identify what they will need to complete their goal. This form also helps them realize how they can achieve their goals by listening and helping others learn how to do something new and different. There is also a form, When I Grow Up, that lists many options on helping a child decide on what they want to be in their life including if they want to be like their mum, dad, someone else, or just be themselves.
Paperback: 48 pages
Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Prestel (8 Oct. 2018)
Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 0.8 x 29.7 cm