Good-bye, Bumps! by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Saje Dyer is crucial and should be heard by all children as they grow up. The Dyers explain through their own personal story that there are some things in your life you can change and some you can't, but the one thing you can always change is your mind. You don't have to let something bug you; instead, the book suggests talking to what is bothering you and through that learning to accept it.
My concern with the book is that it might not hold a child's interest, especially if they don't have a direct connection to the message. If a child has bothersome bumps, is shy, is embarrassed by freckles or anything of the sort, he or she might feel a connection to the child in the book, Saje. I worry if there isn't some obvious life application at the time of hearing or reading the story, the book might not be captivating enough to make a child want to hear it over and over again.
As a child, illustrations played a huge part in whether or not I liked a book, which is why I think these illustrations might help keep the interest of a child if the storyline doesn't immediately resonate. Stacy Heller Budnick's drawings are colorful and cute. She adds just enough interest to the pictures, without distracting from the message. Though not mentioned in the text, the turtle on Saje's bed and the various pictures of the dog throughout were welcome additions that made the experience of reading the book more pleasant.
Overall, I would recommend this book because of it's important message. Not all lessons are fun to learn, but this one is presented in the most exciting way possible.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
Happy Birthday to my one year old niece, Leah! In three years, I will give you this book in hopes that you will never let the little things you can't change bother you.