My son, who is almost 4, adores this book and asks me to read it to him over and over again. While this first book is written to help children deal with the concept of separation anxiety, it is also about fear and finding special ways to find comfort, which is something that we can relate to right now.
I love how the book has a page in which to write about "My First Day of School" and also provides discussion opportunities for you to share with your child to aid in constructive problem solving.
The Cooper and Me website has some fun coloring pages and games to download as well as reading guides available in pdf format for each book, and a free downloadable theme song.
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(From the website) Our Journey
"In 2010, 11-year-old Alexa Peters, along with her mother Monique Peters, found a meaningful way to turn her passion and love for writing and drawing into an opportunity to “give back” to other kids. Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me. The story of a little girl’s fears about starting school evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children. As retold in Cooper and Me, Alexa’s own story had a “happy ending” – a clever, compassionate solution that involved taking a small replica of her beloved pet to school with her. The first book introduced the family’s real-life dog, Cooper the Labrador Retriever, and the mother-daughter team began imagining a series of stories featuring Cooper that would engage little kids while guiding them through the ups and downs of daily life. In addition to the original Cooper and Me, four more story books are set to publish throughout the next twelve months, all containing relatable life lessons inspired by Alexa’s experiences, with illustrations based on her drawings of Cooper."
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