My Feelings and Me
Do you know your own feelings?
Sometimes, we're happy, so we laugh and shout with glee. Other times, we're angry, and want to rage and roar.
It is not easy to deal with our many contradictory emotions. To recognize our own feelings and deal with them responsibly is an important learning process for children, and a trial of limits.
This vibrantly and expressively illustrated book invites children to talk about feelings. It takes readers through a range of potential emotions without ever calling them "good" or "bad," allowing children to recognize and examine their own emotional world.
Adults don't always express their emotions, suggests Kreul in an introductory note addressed to "Grown-ups," which makes it hard for children to know how to navigate their own. A small cast of pale-skinned kids experience different emotional states in the author's practical guide to coping with feelings, illustrated with Geisler's bright, emotive cartoons. "Sometimes I stomp on the floor in rage, or I break something. Then no one can get too close to me," says one girl, her ponytail flying and a jagged, lightning bolt-like shape flashing behind her. Elsewhere, a boy comforts a friend in need: "Because I know my own feelings, I can often understand other people's feelings, too. It's nice to feel that I can help others." Kreul, a therapist, provides an affirming look at how understanding emotions is key to expressing them safely and constructively. Ages 3 6.