Where is My Smile? – Natalie Reeves Billing and illustrated by Hannah Jesse
Thank you Love Books Tours for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
A beautifully illustrated picture book about mental health for young readers. Where Is My Smile? is the story of a little boy who can’t find his smile anywhere. He searches and searches, but it’s nowhere to be found. Where could his smile be?
This delightful picture book is perfect as a bedtime story, and to help little children understand that it’s okay to be sad sometimes, but we can always find our way through it.
As soon as we received our copy we had to read it- my children, who are 4 and nearly 3 years old and myself. This is such a beautiful story to read at any age. It’s important to bring the topic of emotions and mental health. As someone who suffers with anxiety and others mental illnesses I think it’s important to be able to bring this subject to my young children using easy words and pictures so they can understand and be able to tell their emotions and know that it’s okay to feel sad, that it happens, but you can find your smile again.
While reading the story they were more focused on the illustrations than the words at first, which is normal, and they kept saying “oh no the little boy is sad. He is crying.” and then they were happy to see him smile. They also loved the dog, the little boy putting on his coat and his boots.
I haven’t counted this one in my wrap up, but we’ve read it so many times by now that if I had I would already have achieved my goal at least ten times (minimum).
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I sometimes like to read children’s fiction even though I’m an adult. It helps me with my art and illustrations. Thank you for sharing this review.