This Will Pass
A Story of Mindful Resilience
Joy Donnini Luke Scriven
Bushel & Peck Books
A charming reminder for kids that even the worst things don't last forever.
A 2023 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year
"Unlike many picture books that seek to comfort young audiences by assuring them that their apprehensions are unfounded, Donnini’s quiet prose shows readers that worry is a feeling as valid as any other . . . the world is an increasingly worrisome place, and books like this one, that offer simple acknowledgement of this fact, are just as essential as those that offer elaborate escape. Timely assurance of the impermanence of life’s difficulties." —Kirkus Reviews
It's time for little Crue's first big adventure with his Great Uncle Ollie, but he can't help but worry: What if the boat breaks? Or an octopus swallows them in one gulp? Or a family of whales takes over the boat?
It seems the worries will follow him around forever until Great Uncle Ollie squeezes his hand and shares his secret mantra: Be calm, it will pass. Through storms . . . Be calm, it will pass . . . passing sharks . . . Be calm, it will pass . . . even through a pirate attack . . . Be calm, it will pass . . . Great Uncle Ollie's mantra keeps Crue afloat—until it's time for a solo journey of his own.
For kids who worry or stress over life's troubles, This Will Pass is a welcome lesson in mindful patience.
J. Donnini is a children’s book author, professional daydreamer, and mother, which she considers her most important job. She spent many years studying and writing music and transitioned to strictly writing for children when her son was born in 2007. Musical and lyrical quality can always be found in her picture books.
Joy’s stories focus on kindness, empathy, diversity, and love and respect for each other and this beautiful planet that we all share. She also addresses social emotional issues such as anxiety and worry. Joy not only wants to entertain but empower the young readers.
Her published works include Ruby Lee, Echoes, Fireflies, The Spirit Bunnies, Patches and the Spirit Bunnies, and Rock and the Fly. She has been a featured author at several reading events, book festivals, and stores such as Barnes & Noble, where she creates interactive fun experiences to bring the children into the magical world of storybooks she creates. Joy can be found online at www.jdonninibooks.com