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  • Writer's pictureShameer Bismilla

Sometimes I Kaploom


Rachael Vail's and Hyewon Yum book, "Sometimes I Kaploom," is a touching exploration of the complex emotions young children often experience when faced with new challenges and separations. As someone who has spent over two decades working with young children, I can attest to the authenticity of the emotions portrayed in this book.


The story revolves around Katie, a character who exudes bravery in her everyday life. However, when she encounters what the book aptly refers to as a "Kaploom" moment – those times when the emotions become overwhelming – we get to see a different side of her. Vail does an excellent job of illustrating these moments, making them relatable to both children and adults.


Through the story, we see Katie's mother listening attentively to her daughter and correcting her words when necessary. This not only showcases that adults do listen to children but also highlights the importance of acknowledging and addressing self-doubt in a constructive manner.


It is a must-read for parents, educators, and children alike, offering a heartwarming and relatable story that will undoubtedly resonate with its readers.

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