Way past jealous / Hallee Adelman ; illustrated by Karen Wall.
- ISBN: 0807586781 : SAL
- ISBN: 9780807586785 : SAL
- ISBN: 9780807586785
- ISBN: 0807586781
- Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
- Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2021.
Yaz is so jealous of her friend Debby's drawing ability and the attention it brings that she does something mean, then must find a way to set things right.
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Ages 4-8. Albert Whitman & Company.
Grades 2-3. Albert Whitman & Company.
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Way Past Jealous
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Yaz drew her best picture ever. But when Miss Pimmy puts Debby's dog picture up on the Stars of the Week board instead of hers, Yaz becomes jealous. And as their classmates pay Debby even more attention, Yaz becomes the kind of jealous that makes you act mean, feel bad, and think ugly. Will her jealousy grow so big that it will end her friendship with Debby, or can they move past jealousy? Yaz makes some unkind choices but is clearly a good kid feeling big emotions, and she learns that actions have consequences but reparations are possible. The artwork excels at diverse classroom representation, with two BIPOC main characters, which is wonderful. This book handles an important topic with honesty, kindness, and positive messaging, including a beautiful and tender moment with Yaz's father. This is an excellently crafted behavioral story that addresses a very specific but universal moment in emotional development, and it deftly, healthily, and subtly navigates through the familiar, murky waters of envy.
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Way Past Jealous
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K-Gr 2--Yaz, with tan skin and a black bob, is upset when her friend Debby's drawing is hung on the Stars of the Week board at school. As Yaz sees Debby--who is Black with two natural puffs of black hair--getting all the attention, she admits she feels envious. In fact, as the attention continues, Yaz becomes way past jealous. The kind of jealous that makes her "feel bad, think ugly, and act mean." She acts out by ignoring her friend, spilling her drink on purpose and pulling down Debby's drawing. When Debby notices the picture is gone, Yaz feels remorse, tells her father, and finds a way for the two to be friends again with an apology and a new drawing. Spare blocks of color and simplified body shapes focus the attention on the heavy black line of the facial expressions. The identification and eventual resolution are relayed in a straightforward manner, making this a useful book (one in a series) for learning to deal with jealousy in a positive and constructive way. VERDICT With its direct tone and relatable story, this title addresses feelings of jealousy and is an accessible tool for socio-emotional development.--Ramarie Beaver, formerly at Plano P.L., TX