Book: The Ottersons’ Eruption (Bundled)


(Coming May 30th)

In The Ottersons’ Eruption, an ECSELent Adventures story, Hemmy feels left out when Daddy invites Shemmy to go to the store but not him. While shopping, Hemmy and Daddy disagree about buying a tasty new snack, and Boom!, emotions erupt right in the aisle. Can Daddy keep his cool while Hemmy loses his? Learn, grow, and develop alongside Hemmy and the Ottersons as they tackle explosive emotions, learn what sadness and anger truly mean, and discover ways to keep their feelings from bubbling over like a volcano!
Hemmy and Daddy invite children to join them in recognizing and managing their own emotions and those of others, all the while growing closer, understanding one another better, and solving their prickly-feeling problems together.

Hemmy and friends (characters in Housman Institute’s ECSELent Adventures program) invite children to join them as they begin to understand and manage their own emotions and those of others, all while exploring what makes them unique and what binds them together and discovering everyone’s ability to accept and embrace differences.

  • Reading age: 4-8 years
  • Language: English
  • Print length: 32 pages

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(Coming May 30th)The Ottersons’ Eruption” is Dr. Donna Housman’s third book in the book series “ECSELent Adventures with Hemmy and Shemmy” for children ages from 4 through 8 intended to show children that everyone has emotions, and all emotions are valid. We can work actively to manage our strong feelings such as anger, to feel better, and be the bosses of our emotions.

Parents, educators, and caregivers are vital in helping children learn how to express and regulate their strong emotions. Children must and can be taught that to co-regulate and self-regulate their strong emotions..


  • Social-Emotional Focus: This book can help children begin to discuss important SEL topics such as appropriate emotion expression, emotion regulation, and causes for emotions like anger.
  • Reader Notes, Tips, and Guiding Questions: “The Ottersons’ Eruption” contains tips for readers when talking about expressing and managing feelings of anger with young children and over 20 guiding questions for social-emotional learning.
  • Book Series: “The Ottersons’ Eruption” is the third book in the book series “The ECSELent Adventures of Hemmy and Shemmy” and was selected by the Children’s Book Council for their Spring Showcase, 2023.



Donna Housman headshot

Dr. Donna Housman has spent her professional career in the world of early childhood development and education. Believing that it is far easier to prevent than repair, Dr. Housman founded Housman Institute, along with its lab school and early childhood development center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition and informed by research in neuroscience, child development, and early education. Seizing the opportunity to inform the architecture of the brain in the earliest years, her Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach promotes healthy brain development and a positive sense of self by fostering the building blocks of emotional intelligence starting from birth.

Dr. Housman has trained thousands of early childhood educators, children, and families in her ECSEL approach while being a consistent source of vital counsel and guidance for families and educators on young children’s social and emotional development.

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Weight 0.79 kg
Dimensions 25.4 × 27.94 × 1.27 cm
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