I quite unexpectedly
broke my own rule.
I did it. I used it!
The bathroom at school!"
Anxiety at school shows itself in many ways. For those kids who prefer to forgo trips to the bathroom, it can be excruciating. Raj is one of those kids. The choices he makes to ensure avoidance are many, and quite extreme: no drinks at the water fountain, wash your hands quickly when needed, no water play in the classroom, no playing at recess, no juice with his lunch, and no laughter!
When faced with an intense need for a bathroom break, he cautions his audience:
"Keep your head down, with your knees in a knot,
and sit like a statue that's stuck in one spot."
And, for sure ... NEVER SNEEZE! Readers can feel his desperation. When there are no options, Raj is surprised at the difference it makes to break his own rule. You never know which child in the classroom might be feeling as Raj does. Sharing this book at story time may offer the confidence needed to give it a try.
The rhyming verses are conversational, and written in first person voice. Expressive artwork allows those who hear this story to see and acknowledge the emotions felt by the young boy. Perhaps it is the impetus needed for children to discuss some of the fears they experience while at school.