1-2-3, A Deep Breath for Me by Hillary Harper

Thank you for joining me and The Children's Book Review in partnership with Hillary Harper for the virtual book tour for 1-2-3, A Deep Breath for Me.

About the Book:

Meet Mack, the pup with emotions as big as his paws! At times, Mack finds himself overwhelmed by his feelings. His stomach is filled with butterflies, his legs grow wobbly, and he feels short of breath. Thankfully, Mack has his trusty sidekick, Gertie, to guide him through the tough times. Together, they explore ways to manage and overcome these powerful emotions.

Through Mack’s journey, children can learn breathing exercises, visualization techniques, and other self-regulation activities that can be practiced in their daily lives.


Mack is a BIG dog but he was scared of loud noises. He feels guilty that he should be strong enough to protect his family. As Mack learns in the book there are many ways to work with your feelings with his new friend Gertie. This is a great book for children to learn how to calm themselves when they are scared. One of my favorite things about the book is how certain words were in a different font and color to give the extra emphasis. I love that Mack and Gertie are real dogs and the author included pictures at the end of the book. The pictures are very cute and fit the story perfectly. This is a book you will want to read with your little one anytime but especially when they are dealing with big emotions.


1-2-3, A Deep Breath for Me: Book Giveaway

Purchase links:


Barnes and Noble



About the Author:

Hillary Harper has worked in the field of early childhood education since 2006. During this time she has worked as an elementary and preschool teacher, academic designer, and preschool/center director.

Her love of children’s books helped launch her book company, Cannoli & Co. Books, in 2023. Cannoli & Co. Books bring engaging, timeless, and creative stories to children and adults alike. The company is named after Hillary’s “best boy”, an English cream golden retriever named Cannoli. He and his canine brothers and sisters are the inspiration for her funny stories.

Hillary is a native of Ohio. She has three teenage daughters, who also inspire her on a daily basis. She is a second generation teacher and writer, following in the footsteps of her parents. Outside of her professional life, Hillary enjoys spending time gardening, taking care of her house plants, and going on adventures.

Learn more about Hillary and her book company at www.cannolicobooks.com



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