We Feel Happy
32pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
Our youngest readers are encouraged to explore their emotions in this vibrant book from the creator of such gems as We Catch the Bus and We Wear Pants. Using hooks such as counting, first words, recognising animals, interactive speech bubbles, prompts and ideas on how to understand and process emotions, the reader is involved in the actions as they examine the vignettes to discover lots of interesting things to spot on each page. While the animals are experiencing lots of different emotions, from the hippos who are excited to visit their friends to the shark who is grumpy about brushing its teeth, not only are there opportunities for the reader to speculate on why the animal is feeling the way it does and make connections, they are also given the opportunity to reflect on the occasions when they share the same emotions. .
Focusing on the feelings of happy, calm, worried, shy, curious, grumpy, sad, scared, sorry, excited, there is also a non-fiction spread for parents and teachers with lots of useful information for speaking to children about their emotions.
Often when our littlies feel big, overwhelming feelings they don’t realise that these are part of life and everyone experiences them, both the pleasant and the not-so, Books like these that help them understand that such emotions are common and essential to our well-being are an important part of their development.