Each day we make choices that have a larger impact on our day will go. It is important that our children realize they have the power to make their day better or worse based off of the choices they make. Enter, What Should Darla Do? a children's book that shows kids they have "The Power to Choose" by offering options to the reader and then leading them towards 8 different endings based on the choices that are made. This choose your adventure-style book is fun read and a great conversation starter about choices!
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What Should Darla Do? | Children's Book Review
What Should Darla Do? Review: About the Book
Title: What Should Darla Do?
Written By: Ganit & Adir Levy
Illustrated By: Doro Kaiser
Choose your own adventure.
What Should Darla Do? gives kids the power to choose and to see very clearly how their actions impact their moods, their interactions with friends and family and the outcome of their entire day.
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What Should Darla Do? has eight different endings!
Some of these endings have Darla reflecting on the choices she made, questioning if she could have had a better day by making different choices.
"I wonder how my day would have improved
Other endings show Darla understanding that her power to choose helped turn her day around!
The lessons here are clear.
If you decide to fight with your sister, chances are you'll have a bad day. If you are not truthful, you'll feel guilty and won't be able to enjoy your day.
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What Should Darla Do? Review: My Thoughts
When I first stumbled upon What Should Darla Do? the first thing that stood out to me was our main character's glasses!
We recently had to get glasses for my older one and she is still (understandably) adjusting and in order to help I've been scouring the internet for TV show episodes and books featuring characters in glasses.
When What Should Darla Do? arrived the first thing she noticed was her glasses (and then her pink hair, because her favorite color is pink!) She was excited to see a young girl in glasses and immediately agreed to put her's on while we read the book.
The illustrations in What Should Darla Do? are brightly colored and very vibrant. They are also extremely detailed.
I really enjoyed reading this book, the length of each story is very manageable and the pages are not text-heavy which I think helped keep not only my pre-school aged child involved but also my toddler.
This book shows real-life situations that children may face:
The decisions we make in these moments have a larger impact on our day and What Should Darla Do? showcases this in a fun, easy to understand way.
Each ending serves as a conversation starter between parents/guardians and children to talk about why Darla had such a good or bad day and how differently her day would have gone had she made a different decision.
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About the Author
In 2016, Ganit and Adir Levy began writing the first “What Should Danny Do?” Their mission was clear: to teach children that no matter what external factors present themselves, it is our choice how we react. And the consequences of the choices we make will shape our days and lives into what they will become.
To learn more visit: WhatShouldDannyDo.com
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