Oh, dear! Someone in this book is having a really rough day. When Annie gets home from school she notices her resting cat Delilah may need a bit of TLC. Through subtext the reader discovers that perhaps it's not Delilah that has had a rough day. The ensuing story is one of self-care and true friendship. Annie show us of all sorts of way to practice self-care and emotional regulation, and Delilah reminds us that sometimes all you really need to shrug off a bad day is a snuggle from a good friend.— From Michelle's Picks
A little girl navigates her cat's bad day in this picture book about exploring sadness and how we find comfort.
Annie comes home from school to find her cat, Delilah, has had a terrible day and is quite sad.
What do you do when your friend is sad? Cheer them up with all the things they love! Annie tries TV, warm milk, and even yoga! But at the end of the day, no distraction can really make our bad days simply disappear, as Annie knows all too well. You just have to face them head-on, maybe have a good cry, and find comfort in
those you love.
Heather Smith has written a gentle picture book about how we sometimes have to sit in the sadness of a bad day before we can move beyond it. Paired with Karen Obuhanych's bold, emotive illustrations, readers will feel seen by Annie's Cat Is Sad.
About the Author
Heather Smith has 30 years of experience working in art and history museums and art galleries in Canada. She organized numerous travelling exhibitions such as Quilting for a Cause: Red Cross Quilts for the Great War (2019); Vaughan Grayson an Artist in the Canadian Rockies (2006); Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft (2006); and Fred Strickland's War Sketches (2002). In 2013, she won the publisher of the year award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards for Hansen Ross Pottery: Pioneering Fine Craft on the Canadian Prairies (2012).
"Sometimes we just have to feel our feelings, even when it’s easier to project them onto someone else. Viewers who struggle to express their emotions in a healthy way may benefit from Annie’s acceptance, or at least from her reliance on a trusty feline to make things better."–Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books