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Holdin Pott

This book sweetly and subtly teaches both adults and children that bottling up emotions — “keeping the lid on the pot” too tight for too long — can be harmful to our emotional health. Holdin Pott normalizes and encourages expression and sharing of difficult feelings and emotions. The simple story invites readers to get in touch with their own ways of processing feelings and modeling healthy behaviors for children. Holdin Pott provides a great starting point for reflection and conversations with children around difficult feelings.

Author: Chandra Ghosh Ippen
Illustrated by: Erich Peter Ippen Jr.
Year of Publishing: 2019
Number of Pages: 32

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  1. LittleAchievers (verified owner)

    I enjoyed reading this book. Holding Pott used easy to understand language and pictures that children enjoyed mimicking. This story allowed us to explore anger and sadness in a lighthearted manor.

  2. apotter (verified owner)

    LOVE this! This book is super special – the first book my 6 yo wanted to really five into a conversation about. So cute. It made him think about what it means to hold feelings inside and the pots are the perfect metaphor. Such a sweet, sweet book for any caregiver/child that wants to have a light way to talk about the importance of expressing emotions (child) and supporting a child when they do (caregiver).

  3. Celiarn (verified owner)

    Wonderful story about feelings. Read it to our son and will continue to read it to him. It was thought provoking even as adults and sends a great message for both children and adults. The illustrations were fun as well!

  4. Jamie (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this book and reading it to my daughter it was great way to say don’t hold in your feelings.. especially arrived on a good day we were. It’s having a hard day..

  5. FFFbooks123 (verified owner)

    This book was reccomended in Parenting Class to help teach emotion coaching. Check out your local Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative Parenting Hub:

  6. Amber Vaine (verified owner)

    Super cute book although I don’t know if my child really related it to himself but I liked how they had the adult pot containing his feelings versus the little pot not being able to and then the adult pot helped the little pot.

  7. eschloss (verified owner)

    Children can gain social and emotional skills from this book. Most children can relate to the feeling of being mad, sad, etcetera, and this book provides a good leeway into talking about how to handle those big emotions.

  8. christinalynnhead (verified owner)

    This book is great! It was enjoyable for my son and I as we were able to spark conversation regarding emotions, feelings and being aware of ourselves and our surroundings. I would recommend this to any family and especially those that need support around emotional regulation.

  9. MCalvert123 (verified owner)

    A great read to welcome conversation about emotion identification and expression with children.

  10. mslayter (verified owner)

    Not sure how i feel about this book. I ordered it to read to my grandsons. It starts with the little pot being given the example of how to deal with his feelings by seeing all of the adult pots around him bottle things up. It made me upset as an adult to see him think that was how he was supposed to act. Maybe that was how ot was supposed to make one feel?? Obviously it did end with an adult letting off steam but I don’t think it is one I will reread with my 18 month old.
    The 7 year old seemed to enjoy it enough that I sent it home with him.

  11. [email protected] (verified owner)

    This was a fun book to read through an I believe it would be a great way to introduce a “calming corner” in a classroom to your students, I also liked the paper that came with it titled “What’s in your Pot?” and a space to draw something in a pot, which could even be put at the calming corner for them to complete if they would like.

  12. Lindsay (verified owner)

    Great book, better than what I expected.

  13. Lacey Kress (verified owner)

    Was a very good book. Lacey really enjoyed it. Thank you

  14. MrsCastle (verified owner)

    What a great resource to use for when I have students who have big emotions. I like that it shows kids are still loved even when they “overflow and blow”.

  15. briane gillam (verified owner)

    This is a beautiful story with nice pictures. It tells a story of how to anger and sadness, and how even holding ports need to be held too. It talks about holding feelings inside. It is a great book to read to your young ones.

  16. Rachael Parker (verified owner)

    Holdin Pot is a great book to explore hard feelings and provide understanding and acceptance for those hard feelings. This book uses a visual way to portray anger and outbursts. I continue to refrence this book with my child when she shows signs of anger and might want to talk about how she is feeling.

  17. Amber (verified owner)

    This book is a great analogy for how our culture expects us to act vs how our bodies need us to express pain to heal. Very great for young children.

  18. frodin (verified owner)

    What a great story to teach kids about feeling and also the connection and empathy.

  19. Craig Jacobson (verified owner)

    All of Ghosh Ippen’s books are amazing. Such a vivid metaphor for the stuffed emotions that need to work their way out, paired with attachment building and repair.

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