Crying is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings

Crying is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings
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September 15, 2020
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A gentle metaphor for understanding and processing anxiety and sadness.

Is it possible we’ve misunderstood crying all along? That’s the discovery one big sister sets out to share with her little brother as they walk to school and get caught in a storm. Along the way they explore sadness, loneliness, fear, frustration, anger and more, through gentle metaphor. Their journey examines our tears revealing how they begin, why they happen, and what to do with them. Throughout the book, the message received is that we are safe in our emotional experiences and that feelings, like the weather, come and go. This is an empowering story about navigating and understanding our feelings as a healthy, important, and very natural part of our lives. Have you ever noticed you feel differently after you cry? That’s because Crying is like the Rain.

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A metaphor about rain and crying
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CRYING IS LIKE THE RAIN teaches children that it's okay to cry rather than bottle everything up inside. The author compares crying to rain and thunderstorms and the metaphor is on point. She also addresses the different reasons people cry because it isn't only when we're sad. To do this, she brings in other disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes.

The illustrations are soft and appropriate for the emotional topic. I love the color theme and my daughter enjoyed this book. She loves the rain (especially playing in it) and it helped her understand more about why we cry, which isn't an easy topic to address as a parent. I also love how it talks about crying like it's a normal process, because it is, even though it isn't always seen that way.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to parents who want to teach their children about emotion, but aren't sure how to explain that topic. CRYING IS LIKE THE RAIN takes events that happen often and twists them into ways that children can understand the true reason for different emotions.
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