Friday, December 8, 2023

Today's read... Frankie's Fishy Feelings by Quincy Kadin

Today's read caught my interest more due to the author than the book...although that fish with roller skates does invite in. This read surrounds anxiety and has the purpose to help raise awareness for the mental illness. I'm not sure what to expect, so let's just dive in. 

by Quincy Kadin
Picture Book
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

"Frankie's Fishy Feelings" is a heartwarming children's book that tackles the important topic of childhood anxiety in a fun and relatable way. Dive into the underwater world with Frankie, a kind-hearted 5-year-old shark who navigates through her fishy feelings and discovers coping strategies to overcome them. Frankie is a lovable shark who often finds herself feeling overwhelmed and worried about everyday situations. From the first day of school to playdates with friends, her anxiety makes her feel like she's swimming against the current. But with the support of her parents and a therapist, Frankie learns valuable techniques to manage her anxious thoughts. In this engaging story, young readers will join Frankie on her journey of self-discovery and watch as she learns breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Through this experience, Frankie gains confidence and finds the courage to face her fears head-on. With colorful illustrations that bring the underwater world to life, "Frankie's Fishy Feelings" offers a relatable and accessible narrative that helps children understand and cope with their own feelings of anxiety. The book emphasizes the importance of self-care, empathy, and seeking help from trusted individuals when needed. Written with empathy and sensitivity, "Frankie's Fishy Feelings" is suitable for children ages 4 to 8 and serves as a valuable tool for parents, teachers, and caregivers to open up discussions about mental health, emotions, and coping strategies in a safe and supportive manner. Join Frankie on her underwater adventure, where she discovers that even sharks can conquer their anxieties and embrace a world full of possibilities!


A simple and easy-to-connect with read, which gives kids hints on how to deal with anxiety.

Frankie is off to her first day of school, which should be exciting, but it makes her stomach feel odd, instead. The icky feeling grows and grows, and she's barely able to stuff it back inside...even when it does turn out that she has fun. The icky feeling happens every time something new approaches. When she tells her parents about the problem, they take her to therapy where she learns that she suffers from anxiety and also learns a few coping mechanisms, which might make life easier.

This is a cute book about an adorable fish. There's a touch of light-heartedness to Frankie despite her anxiety, which keeps this book from growing heavy or serious. Still, Frankie's troubles come across clearly and in a very age-appropriate way. The silly way she describes the feeling fits well and is familiar enough for readers to sympathize and identify with. Even the situations are recognizable, just with a fish twist.

There are a few easy coping mechanisms mentioned to assist readers in learning to calm down and draw back from their anxiety. These are easy to do and does raise awareness of those with anxiety issues. It's a simple read and just brushes the surface enough to start a discussion on the topic. And if nothing else, it's a cute read.

And here she is...

Los Angeles high school student, Quincy Kadin, has suffered from anxiety for as long as she can remember. She had a particularly distressing panic attack on a plane, that resulted in her being kicked off the plane with her mom in another country. She was forced to get documentation from a local doctor that stated she was fit to fly home. After this incident, Quincy began thinking about all of the other kids who deal with anxiety and what it prevents them from doing. Thus, she wrote Frankie’s Fishy Feelings...

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