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Every parent, caregiver—and toddler—knows the misery that comes with meltdowns and temper tantrums. Through rhythmic text and warm illustrations, this gentle, reassuring book offers toddlers simple tools to release strong feelings, express them, and calm themselves down. Children learn to use their calm-down place—a quiet space where they can cry, ask for a hug, sing to themselves, be rocked in a grown-ups arms, talk about feelings, and breathe One, two, three . . . Im calm as can be. Im taking care of me. After a break, toddlers will feel like new—and adults will, too. Books include tips for parents and caregivers.,

About the Author

Elizabeth Verdick

Elizabeth Verdick writes for young people of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Her newest book is "Peep Leap," a story about a baby wood duck that must find the courage to take a giant leap to the pond where his family awaits. She coauthored "The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders," a book for children and preteens who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Elizabeth has written two series of board books for toddlers, including the Best Behavior series ("Teeth Are Not for Biting," "Words Are Not for Hurting") and Toddler Tools ("Manners Time," "Calm-Down Time") . She has also written many books in the Laugh and Learn series for older children, which includes "Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave" and "Siblings: You're Stuck with Each Other, So Stick Together."

Books in all of these series have received numerous awards, including the Henry Bergh Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book, Gold Mom's Choice Award, and iParenting Media Award Excellent Product.

She lives in Minnesota with her husband, daughter, son, and many pets.

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