Don’t Rush Me! Chynna Laird Mornings tend to be hectic and everyone is rushing around to get ready for school or work. Mia is a special child with a heart of gold has sensory processing disorder and has difficulty receiving and responding to information that comes through the senses. Mia our young narrator has this disorder and through her we begin to understand why am she constantly expresses and says: Don’t Rush Me! Everyone eats fast, rushes around but she does not. In the morning she wants more time before getting up and wants to take her time getting up. Getting dressed and picking out the right outfit and eating her breakfast takes longer than her brother and sister. Her adorable comment about taking longer to be beautiful is precious and so right, can’t rush perfection and looking good! Her dad does not understand and the expression on his face in page 9 is priceless. Eating dinner takes her longer and the rule about everyone remains at the dinner table until they are all finished eating is in place. Saying that she chews and swallows like a proper young lady says it all even when her older sister glares at her. Mia you are precious. Walking to school brings back memories because I too loved greeting people, friends and just saying good morning on the way to school. I love the movie star glasses and the fact that she shares that everyone in her family needs something special from her. Her empathy for people shines through. Emotions run high in MIA and when she’s rushed she shares she feels sad. Instead of rushing she takes her time to avoid falling or making a mess. The author brings out how Mia deals with SPD in her own way through her words and explanations of her actions. The pictures on page 15 are expressive and shows what Mia is trying to convey to readers. Mia is super sensitive to the needs of her older sister,Alexandra and helps her deal with feeling overwhelmed or afraid. She doesn’t like certain smells or sounds and her Mama calls is sensory overload and her older sister has it a lot. But, Mia understands that a simple hug helps her slow down and feel better. Her brother Michael yells and screams and starts bumping into people and wants to be annoying. Read on page 18 what happens when he gets worked up. She understanding what he needs and how to slow him down. He gets overload in a different way. Going slower she can observe things that her baby-sister drops and finds them making her feel better. Not rushing is a positive thing but watch what happens on page 22 when her Mama recognizes what she does for everyone. I love when she says: Grown iOS ! What are you gonna do with them? I still often wonder about that even now. The picture on page 23 speaks volumes. Meet Mia and learn to take things slowly and whatever you do Don’t Rush Her and don’t rush this reviewer because creating a five star review takes time. The author has so many messages for everyone : being sensitive to the needs of other. Understanding the fears and anxiety that some experience and how one little girl uses her senses to help those she lives. Page 24-26 adds why she write the book and why Mia is just like her daughter Jordhan. She explains why Mia moves slowly and why she sees things other people around her miss. Why it’s important that all kids in a Dani feel important. There are so many important lessons that parents, siblings, teachers, guidance counselors and young children can learn from Mia and reading this book. I love Sharing time and we time, me time, us time. The final pages are great for parents to focus on and talk about with their children teachers can use each prompt for individual writing-lessons or class discussions creating experience charts with student thoughts. Younger children can illustrate individual prompts creating a class book of pictures about what makes you happy or sad or even mad. Story pictures and the final activity drawing their family doing their favorite family time. The last page will help students and children create like Mia their perfect day. The author created this wealth of information to help children understand the needs of others especially brothers and sisters. Teaching better ways to communicate and that everyone is unique, special and that we can all learn something from each other. Take your time. Listen to others and understand their hopes, special needs and differences and as Mia says take your time and by all means: Don’t Rush Me! Fantastic resource and great for all children lower grades and midday grades. Fran Lewis just reviewsy
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Some of the proceeds from this last book will go to fund research in the area of Brain Traumatic Injury in memory of my sister Marcia who died in July.