“A Sip of Milk and 10 Deep Breaths”
The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant by Mona K is a book that helps kids understand their feelings and emotions.
I love that the author took a relatable situation amongst friends (or sisters in our case) like a misunderstanding where feelings get hurt and shows how to handle that situation correctly where everyone calms down and hears eachother out. Through the expressive and fun illustrations hand-drawn by the illustrator, Korey Scott and the well-written story by author and mom, Mona K your children will easily grasp the story about managing feelings.
“Grumpy Frumpy Croissant isn’t happy, and he’s taking it out on the breakfast plate! Toast, Scone, and Milk think he’s being mean, but Croissant thinks they’re being mean. A sip of Milk and ten deep breaths help everyone calm down and talk to each other.” It’s a simple story for parents to introduce ideas of managing feelings to children.
Grumpy Frumpy Croissant also features:
a croissant recipe and coloring pages
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About the Author:
Mona K is a statistician by training and loves to weave stories with numbers in her day job as a health services researcher. She is also a children’s book author who believes that picture books are a source of both wisdom and silliness. Mona loves to bake in her free time, and her love for croissants and meditation inspired her to write this debut children’s picture book. She lives in New Jersey with her seven-year-old son and husband. Mona wrote a behind the scenes look on how her book came about and I loved it so much, I thought I would share it with you, as well:
Mona says, “It was a Sunday afternoon in December 2019. My son and I had a ritual to stop by our favorite coffee shop before his tennis class to grab drinks and our most beloved croissant. My son got chocolate milk and I made my regular order. We both devour our croissants. I love to bake them from time to time, however the recipe does call for a lot of love and patience. As we were getting ready to sit down, I accidently spilled some coffee over my son’s croissant. A big volcano of anger erupted, and he squeezed the croissant really hard. Poor croissant lost a few pounds instantly. I enjoy meditating and try to share some techniques here and there with my son. I realized he was extremely upset, so I suggested that he leave the croissant alone and take some long deep breaths. He did that a few times and then took a big sip of the milk. He suddenly felt calm. In the meantime, Mr. Croissant seemed to have gained some of his plumpness back. That spur of the moment was Grumpy Frumpy Croissants’ birthday. My son also loves toast and scones with a lot of red jelly. I thought Croissant needed friends and so Toast and Scone were invited to the party along with Milk. I wrote the story that same day and narrated it to my son the next morning. He absolutely fell in love with the characters. In February 2020, I started looking for illustrators for the book. I interviewed and did test runs with at least eight illustrators before selecting Korey Scott. He was able to bring my story to life just as I would if I were an artist. In March,covid-19 knocked us all on our heels. The illustrations took four long months and finally I published the book in November. I presented the book to my son on his seventh birthday in December 2020. His reaction was priceless, and he was an instant celebrity in school the next day.”
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Highly recommend reading this with your children whether at home or in a school setting. It is a book we have been enjoying at bedtime, as well.