A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Big Feelings includes a wide range of feelings vocabulary words. Illustrations depict a diverse group of children with different abilities, cultures, religions, and skin tones. All of the children in the story appropriately express their emotions, which serves as a wonderful model for readers.
If you cooperate, persevere, and communicate, you can work together with others even when you disagree. Expressing your emotions is a positive thing, and it can help you have more fun.
Positive Role Models
Big Feelings positively portrays an inclusive and diverse group of children, who build a sense of community by working together and embracing their feelings. Kids have various skin tones and types of hair, one girl wears a head scarf, one boy wears a patka (sikh turban), one kid uses a wheelchair.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Feelings is another brightly colored and inclusive book, from author Alexandra Penfold and illustrator Suzanne Kaufman. A follow-up to the duo's bestselling book All Are Welcome, the story features a diverse and inclusive group of kids who have big plans to have fun and play when big feelings get in their way. Everyone's feelings are valued as the friends work together to compromise and "start anew." Cooperation, emotions, and understanding are highlighted throughout the story. The experience of reading the hardcover book is interactive, as a flip-up page reveals a large illustration.
Is It Any Good?
This beautifully written and illustrated book uses rhythmic tones and rhymes to express the importance of sharing your feelings, and respecting everyone else's. It's a stunningly inclusive story. The depictions of children of different colors, religions, cultures (one girl wears a head scarf, one boy wears a sikh turban), and abilities (one kid uses a wheelchair) creates an engaging and distinctive experience for readers.
Big Feelings has bold and brightly colored illustrations to capture readers' attention and inspire creative thinking about the book's primary message. The story creates a world of hope and fun that's grounded in the expression of emotions.
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