Book Review | Teddy’s TV Troubles
Title: Teddy’s TV Troubles
Author: Joanne Cantor
My husband and I are very particular about the T.V. programming we allow our children to watch and are in agreement that we will only allow shows that we have pre-approved. However, I remember one occasion where I was watching a medical documentary show and didn’t realize that it would be upsetting to my five year old son. I noticed him sitting quality and hiding underneath his stuffed animal. When I asked him what was wrong he told me that “the man getting hurt scares me.” I never even realized he had been paying attention and didn’t think of this show as scary in any way but it was viewed very differently by a little boy.
Teddy’s TV Troubles written by Joanne Cantor is a children’s book that can help parents address the very real fears faced by our children, even if those fears are viewed on T.V. inadvertently. The text is reassuring and written in a calming manner that would be perfect for parents to read to their children anytime they may be frightened. It also gives ideas throughout the story about different activities the child can do when they are scared such as drawing pictures, building castles and most importantly offering reassurances that parents will always do their very best to protect them from frightening things.
The illustrations by Tom Lowes are sweet and really capture the adorable Teddy (bear) and his emotions perfectly.
There is even an excellent section of parental pointers at the end of the book to assist parents who are struggling with how to address their child’s fears. The author has over 25 years experience researching the effects of television on our children and I for one am fascinated by this topic. A solid book on addressing fears before and after our children inevitably encounter something on T.V. or in the media that scares them.
SRP: $16.95 Recommended for children ages 2-8
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*