Smile and Say Hi by Mary Jo Hazard is a cute book about overcoming your fears. Dragons teach the shy Mike how to “Smile and Say Hi” in order to go on new adventures. I picked this book up because this is something I’m constantly trying to teach my 3yo and 5yo. I loved the rhyming cadence and the colorful pictures, but I did the think the connection between the “Smile and Say Hi” mantra and winning the dragon race was a little thin.

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My five-year-old said he liked it “a whole lot” though, and of the four new books I read him today, this was his favorite, so I would totally recommend this to any kids from the ages of 3-6. Thanks to Mascot Books and NetGalley for the ARC! Five-year-old rating:


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