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Feelings (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – July 15, 1986

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"A delightful book." -- -- New York Times Book Review

About the Author

With more than 60 fiction and nonfiction titles for children to her credit, Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published in 1960. Born in New Jersey, she now lives in New York City.

Aliki's books for young readers include the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out titles Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils Tell of Long Ago, My Feet, and My Hands. Other nonfiction books by Aliki include How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (July 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068806518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688065188
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Aliki is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children that are treasured by readers all over the world. Her many well-loved titles include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, Tabby, and Those Summers. Aliki lives near the Globe theater, in London, England.

In Her Own Words..."Aliki grew up in Philadelphia in a big Greek family where everyone was busy creating and sharing their activities. She knew from the time she was in kindergarten that she wanted to bean artist, although music was also a natural talent. She was encouraged throughout her early life by her parents and by teachers she will never forget."She graduated from the Philadelphia Collegeof Art and started a career in advertising art. After she married Franz Brandenberg, Aliki continued her career in his country, Switzerland, where they lived for three years. It was there that she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of William Tell, which was published in England. When they moved to New York, Aliki wrote and illustrated My Five Senses--the book that changed the direction of her career and her life.

Although she had never thought of being a writer, Aliki has been making books ever since. Children's books, she says, are a combination of two things I love: words and pictures. I also love the privacy of books--both reading them and making them. Aliki writes fiction, in which she can express her feelings, and nonfiction research books about subjects she's interested in and wants to know more about. Each book is a new challenge; each is different, she says. The subject directs the way I illustrate a book, the same way friends bring out different parts of us. The challenge is to get the words right and then to make pictures that expand and enhance their meaning.""Besides her own books, Aliki has illustrated many written by Franz Brandenberg and other authors. Her two children are also in the arts. Jason is a filmmaker and Alexa is a children's book author-illustrator. They appear in almost all of her books as cats, mice, or themselves.

Aliki loves music, theater, cinema, museums, children, her cat, Nefertiti, and working in her garden in London, where she lives. She travels frequently to the U.S., Greece, Switzerland, and other parts of the world, though most of the time she is alone in her studio with the books she is working on--and Mozart."

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Frey on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my son who is about to turn three, I wanted to get a book that would help him understand his emotions and others emotions. I thought this book was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever seen, the only things I liked about it was the first and last page ("I have feelings and How do you feel?") and the paper airplane story on page 12. It did more illustrating of overblown emotions and doesn't even state what emotion is being illustrated. it has phrases like: "I'd like to CHOKE Alicia, Elizabeth likes her more than me!" and on a page about sharing after the boys share and one compliments the other for sharing he says "You're unselfish, not like some people." and it shows a little boy playing with several cars by himself. I realize not all kids share well but do we really need to place emphasis on talking behinds other back about how they don't share?

It has it's decent points but all-in-all I was very dissatisfied with the whole book, I want my son to learn to understand and properly express his emotions, not to learn how to be over-the-top and whiny.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
I received Feelings when I was about five years old. That was twelve years ago and I still read it when I am feeling down and need a boost.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By NoelleInAZ on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
My husband bought this for our son, who is three. It has been his favorite book for several weeks now. The book is separated into smaller stories and we read one or two at night before going to bed. It's been a wonderful tool to use to help teach our son about his feelings, about others' feelings.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
Small children (my 5 year old son included) sometimes have trouble sorting out how they are feeling, or why something they did provokes such a reaction in someone else. This book gives vivid and thoughtful examples -- act the parts while reading it. He really listened -- always a good sign.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen B. Ackermann on November 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I used this book to teach feelings and empathy in my second grade class and it was a smash hit!! The short episodes, some only one frame or page, were perfect for the children to analyze and describe. The illustrations are very clear and the children were able to relate to them perfectly and recognize/empathize with the emotions portrayed. When we were done, all the students were able to not only recognize and explain with words how they were feeling, but relate to others and react appropriately to others in a wider variety of situations. It was a wonderful tool to reinforce cooperation and respect for others, and prevented many an argument and misunderstanding.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Clearly, books that provide the opportunity to discuss and explore feelings with children are important and appreciated. This book adds considerable value to that cohort but is limiting in two, unrelated areas: first, it propogates unhealthy stereotypes--for example, a girl at a birthday party who persists for more cake and ice cream (depicting her as selfish and gluttonous) is overweight. Children's book authors most especially need to be sensitive to this type of issue. Equating heaviness (one of the only "heavy" children in the book) with gluttony or selfishness is unfair and hurtful and there should be no place for these types of statements in children's literature.
Second, the book is a bit scattered. The vignettes are nice in some respects, but bits like the "Scary Story" are unnecessarily anti-climatic and simplistic, especially given the fairly complex (and generally underrepresented in children's literature) exploration of multiple perspectives on feelings illustrated elsewhere in the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By knittymama on March 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
I am always on the look out for good books about feelings, social skills, interpersonal relationships, etc. My son is 5 and my daughter is about to turn 2...so far all the books are for my son's benefit mostly. I found this book to be unnecessarily negative...it did a good job reminding me of many negative feelings I've had in my life (stage fright, fury, etc) but it almost seemed to make them worse. We try to talk in terms of why we feel certain ways...for instance, that the anxiety before speaking in front of people is your body's way of trying to prepare you, keep you sharp...or that when someone knocks down your building blocks you feel angry because you also feel hurt and disrespected etc...and that naturally leads to coping strategies. It seemed to me that this book worked against us.

I found Janan Cain's The Way I Feel to be the best of all the general feelings books out there. It does a better job of simply but convincingly describing the feeling so that we can then have a more detailed discussion about my son's feelings, when does he feel that way, how does it feel, what are some way he can be present with that feeling while continuing to function, and how can he help someone else who feels that way.

Update: I also highly recommend On Monday When It Rained. I was surprised by how good the photographs are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Vrieze on November 13, 2006
Format: Library Binding
The book is okay over all. Save it needs larger words and some areas don't go into full explanation of feelings like the fear one, that story might scare a little child.
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