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Summary: For every letter of the alphabet there is a feeling. Each is represented by a short story, and closes with questions for the reader about what happened or what is in the picture. This is an interactive book for discussing feelings, social behavior and positive decision-making.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 6
Age of Child: Read with 3½ year old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He asked questions about the pictures, listened to the stories, and could answer the questions about half the time.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is not a book you read in one sitting. Because many of the feelings are very similar (generous, helpful, loving) the target audience may have difficulty absorbing the distinctions. The object identification questions distracted the discussions away from the substantive questions offered and seemed pedantic.
Pros: The scenarios give readers/listeners a chance to engage in discussions about activities.
Cons: Trying to tie the feelings to every letter required lots of synonyms and resulted in redundancy.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a useful tool for helping kids "label" their feelings, but it doesn't offer ways to help them effectively communicate them.