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When I Feel Scared (The Way I Feel Books) Hardcover – January 1, 2002

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-A cuddly bear cub is featured in these two purposeful stories. The lesson in When I Care is that children should treat others as they wish to be treated. The book includes some suggestions for promoting empathy. Scared describes situations in which children feel frightened and how comforting by another helps. It also mentions that being scared can protect them against injury-for example, being afraid of a strange growling dog or climbing too high. Each book begins with a note to adults about how to help children with their feelings. Colorful illustrations of the cub and his animal friends in many familiar situations at home and at school are placed on abundant white space, giving an open, uncluttered look to the pages. There are many stronger, more imaginative stories about these subjects, such as Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who (Random, 1954) and Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Turtleback, 1968). However, on some occasions teachers and caregivers might welcome the guidance given in this series.
Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 2-5. This well-conceived volume by the writer of When I Feel Angry (2000) deals sensitively with children's fears. In the page-long author's note, Spelman makes a strong case for adults' acknowledging childhood fears rather than denying or downplaying them. In the story, a little bear talks about what makes him scared, what fear feels like, how the fear sometimes keeps him safe, and how he can deal with unnecessary fears. The short, well-reasoned narrative, child-centered point of view, and practical suggestions make this a good choice for preschoolers. Parkinson's expressive line-and-watercolor illustrations of the little bear and his family will strongly appeal to young children. A fine addition to The Way I Feel series. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: The Way I Feel Books
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807588903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807588901
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Not only is this a great book for older toddlers and preschoolers, but also it is a great reminder for grownups. My (almost) three year old and I read this together to help us BOTH remember how to behave when we get angry. Any parent of a toddler or preschooler knows that frustrating feeling when your little one does things only they can understand (like color on the walls with marker, dump EVERYTHING out of all of the drawers in their dresser, etc.). This book is a nice reminder to take deep breaths or take a grownup time out instead of yelling. What a wonderful opportunity for discussion, too. I highly recommend this book!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book discusses anger, its causes, how it feels, and most importantly, healthy options for dealing with it. Anger can be overwhelming and frightening for anyone, and even more so for young ones will little experience regulating their emotions.

This book is empathetic "When I feel angry I want to say something mean, or yell or hit. But feeling like I want to is not the same as doing it." One of my favorite elements of this book is that it gives many options for dealing with anger, from

counting to bike riding to walking away, and from being assertive to taking a nap, and from handling the problem independently to asking for help.

I work in a classroom full of 3, 4 and 5 year olds, and kids sometimes call each other names, often grab things from one another and often would rather keep playing when the "clean-up" signal is given. This book is relevant to preschoolers.

The last sentence I wish was a mantra for us all. "When I feel anrgry, I know what to do!"
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Color: Sad Verified Purchase
I chose this book to help my niece and nephews cope with their daddy's long-term visits to cancer clinics; his cancer became very aggressive just after I ordered it, and it ended up arriving just two days after his death. Later that week, the kids were having a hard day, and we all snuggled on the couch for some story time. I was amazed at how well the little ones (4 and nearly 3) identified with the emotions displayed by the book's characters. By the end of the book, the children were smiling and ready to play independently.

The gentle artwork is really lovely; the book walks through multiple situations that might spark feelings of sadness, but does not wallow at any point, and has a satisfying conclusion: even though I am sad for awhile, I don't have to be sad forever. The coping techniques shared in the book are easily followed by any young person (and are great ideas for grown-ups, too!), and because the artwork is so clear, even non-readers can "read the pictures" and walk themselves through to a feel-better conclusion.

I'd recommend this book for children in the 2 to 7 set; it could be pretty easily read independently by solid young readers, too. Even if your family has not had a significant emotional loss, I'd recommend it for intelligent emotional learning.
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By A Customer on April 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is very helpful in teaching kids about anger. It is a nice discussion to have with young kids. They often feel relieved that someone is willing to talk to about it especially if they have anger problems.
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Color: Sad
She loves the "When I Feel" series - These are the only books she picks out of the plethora of books to choose from. When I read to her and turn pages, she will have me stop at a particular page (when they lose something valuable to them), she says, "Oh, kiss" - gives a kiss then "big hug" - leans her body towards the character pretending to hug him. Very cute (hard to explain via text). She actively tries to console me when I pretend to be sad as a result of reading this book.
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I frequently enjoy reading children's stories when the world seems too confusing or scary. I enjoy remembering how I learned so many things that seemed puzzling or scary, but now are so easy that I hardly think about what I am doing when I do them. I hoped that this story would be like that, but it was not. It is not much of a story. It was more like a little kid repeating what his or her parents told the little kid was the right thing to say or do. Some of the pictures were okay for talking to a kid about how do you feel when this happens and what do you want to do. And what else could you do. And do you think that would work better for you? All the good questions that parents try to remember when they want to help children figure out what they can do, when something happens that make them sad or scared or angry. So with an imaginative parent it could be a helpful book. But as a story it really does not work.
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By A Customer on May 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. The way the rabbit character looks when sheis angry is just the way I feel sometimes. I think this is a veryhelpful book for when you are feeling upset. It gives good ideas to make you feel better.
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Color: Sad Verified Purchase
This is an excellent series for children as young as 3. Good content, wonderful illustrations and good parent suggestions. My school system has decided to use them in our 4 yr. preschool classes.
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