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May Mini Reviews: Picture Books About Feelings

Two Picture Books About Feelings today for the mini reviews post. And both deal with heavy feelings. It turned out to be a coincidence that I picked these books; well, random chance considering the sheer number of books I still need to review. Books help us in so many ways, and one of them is to help readers cope with feelings and emotions. Both the books featured today are such books.

I enjoyed Disney’s Inside Out and have featured books many times earlier about feelings specifically. A couple of such recent features on my blog: Joy and I’m Stretched.

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Why Do We Cry?

Book Info

Title: Why Do We Cry?
Author: Fran Pintadera
Illustrator: Ana Sender
Publishers: Kids Can Press
Pub Date: 07 Apr 2020
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: 3 – 7 years
Source: NetGalley eARC

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My Thoughts

“….our tears go in search of the answers we need” – so goes one of the lines in this book. And it is maybe my favorite line (actually I am not sure, since every other one is equally favored as well!)

Why Do We Cry takes the reader on a fantastical journey through vivid illustrations and heartfelt, gently flowing prose to explore the many reasons we cry, and how it helps us. The book points out that we cry because we are sad, angry, confused, overwhelmed, excited, happy, and sometimes simply because, and at other times for another of those umpteen human emotions.

More importantly, I truly appreciated that the book’s message that it is OK to cry. The book uses both the details and expressions in the illustrations, as well as the metaphors and direct text to inform and help the readers. I also loved the ‘All About Tears’ page at the end of the book that includes facts about tears and a couple of activities as well.

In Summary

A great resource for parents and caregivers to help answer (and even understand for themselves) that difficult question, “Why do we cry?”

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Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading this book.

Felix After the Rain

Book Info

Title: Felix After the Rain
Author/Illustrator: Dunja Jogan
Publishers: Tiny Owl Publishing
Pub Date: 15 May 2020
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: 5 – 7 years
Source: NetGalley

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My Thoughts

I loved Felix; and totally understood how he felt from the very first. While I am most often upbeat, optimistic, and cheerful, there are moments and times in everyone’s life that we feel we are carrying a heavy bag, and we simply cannot shake it off. That bag of all those “heavy feelings” – for whatever reason – that takes over everything else, is the theme of this book.

The truly unique and bright illustrations complement the feels perfectly though I definitely needed to go over the pages a second time to really understand what it was about. So while this is a really wonderfully done book – theme and illustration wise – it might simply go over the heads of the intended younger audiences without ample dialogue and discussions with their parents or caregivers.

In Summary

All said and done, this book is a great resource to help initiate discussions and conversations with young ones about those “heavy feelings” we all tend to carry – old and young alike, and how to lighten ourselves of them (even if just a little).

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Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading this book.

And Now the End of this Post

Do you have any suggestions about books on feelings? Do let me know and I would love to check those out as well – books for any ages are welcome (not just picture books or middle-grade….!)

Linking this to It’s Monday What Are You Reading over at Teach Mentor Texts. Check the other bloggers linking there to discover more great reads.

What are your recent reads? I would love to check those out as well.

11 thoughts on “May Mini Reviews: Picture Books About Feelings

  1. I felt the same about Felix — loved the thought of the book, but know it will require some serious talk time with young children to unpack what we read. And Why Do We Cry looks fantastic! I hope to read this one soon. Thank you for sharing, Vidya!

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