If I am to be honest, if I saw this book on a shelf I probably wouldn’t choose to read it. I am so glad that I stumbled across on a website because it is a valuable book for the over 5’s to learn about their feelings and how to express them.
My Book of Feelings By Tracey Ross
Illustrated by Rosy Salaman
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Date: 21 March 2017
As adults it is hard to navigate how we feel sometimes, so giving children a tool they can read themselves or with an adult is a book worth having on your shelf. The book explains to children what type of feelings that may be having and why they may be feeling this way. For example a Sharp feeling such as scared/frightened – Is when a child might feel scared or unsure about something.
In this book the two main feeling groups are Sharp (unhappy type of feelings) and Fluffy (those really good feelings). To be honest the word fluffy doesn’t work for me but I believe it is a word that children can relate to.
Even though you can’t see them, we all have feelings, this is by far one of the most important bits of text in the book because it gives the young reader a good understanding about feelings being real even though you cannot see them. The book also says Often we have a mixture of fluffy and sharp feelings e.g. nervous, excited, cheerful and energetic. What a great way to explain to young children about how we sometimes have mixed feelings. The book also offers suggestions of what to do to get those sharp feelings out slowly and quietly by having a cry or hug, by taking breaths in and out, or by walking around.
Towards the end of the book are some exercises to put what the reader has learnt into action. This includes drawing what things give them sharp and fluffy feelings. There illustrations are simple, uncluttered and easy to relate to. I highly recommend this book
I received this book from the publisher Jessica Kingsley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review.