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Summary: This collection of poem captures feelings in words and form that young children can understand. This is a picture book for learning to identify emotions.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 5
Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: My child studied the pictures on each page.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is not a book I will read to my child again. It is negative and seems to focus on our worst feelings. A sample of the names of the poems are “Greedy”, “Look at me!”, “Upset”, “Shopping Tantrum”, “Hooray for presents”, “It’s mine”, “A Sad Goodbye”, and “Night Fright”. Although it is written from a child’s point of view, the poems use language and thoughts not expressed by children.
Pros: The illustrations are very bright, lively, and are very enjoyable. It is a good size for a book.
Cons: The poems are negative and portray the worst of human emotions.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it if you are trying to help a toddler or preschooler understand their emotions.
Educational Themes: The poems introduce different emotions; more discussion would be needed to expand on the themes.
Literary Categories: non-fiction - picture book series, emotions, poetry
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006
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