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More truly "Some Basic Feelings"
on June 4, 2010
The book is quite short and doesn't actually cover "lots" of feelings. The pictures are okay, but some are actually fuzzy and some are a bit of a stretch for the expression of the feelings they are supposed to be portraying (fear, for instance).
The general gist of the book is good - real pictures showing emotions in children. The feelings shown are: happy, sad, grumpy, excited, shy, proud, angry, loving, surprised, frightened, thoughtful, sleepy, serious, silly, curious, and confused. The beginning and end of the book have dozens of feeling words on them and that teased me - I thought they'd be illustrated in the book. THAT would have made this a great book. I guess I was hoping for less "basic" feelings and slightly more expressive pictures in some cases.
My kids (2 and 4) like to read it sometimes- moreso the 2 year old. It's okay. It works to talk about simple feelings but I was hoping for a bit more.