By Peggy Kruger Tietz, Ph.D.
Illustrated by Rebecca Layton
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by CreateSpace on March 25, 2013
This book is just what the title says – a (great) guide to emotions for children of all ages! As Dr. Tietz states in her Author’s Note at the back of the book, she “wrote this book as a guide…to help children learn about their emotions.” She goes over 8 main feelings – fear, anger, disgust, surprise, shame, sad, happy, and love. With stories and examples to go with each emotion, I can see how this book can be very helpful!
I like what Dr. Tietz says her book teaches (from her website)
1 . Identify the eight basic emotions,
2. Know the purpose of each emotion
3. Identify common situations that trigger them, so that you will be comfortable explaining emotions to children.
I think this book could really help kids learn about emotions and it was certainly written by an expert. Dr. Teitz has a Ph. D. in developmental psychology and has helped kids and families in all kids of situations. I like the way the book is formatted. There is a story about the emotion being talked about. The stories show an instance when you feel the emotion, let’s say, embarrassed. Then the next page, it says somethings you might do if you are embarrassed, and asks what you might do if you are embarrassed. Then, it shows some examples of things that might make you embarrassed, like, farting in public, or thinking a stranger was someone you know, and you say “Hi Sue!” and it’s really not Sue and then it asks you what might make you embarrassed. I like how the book asks questions to the reader. It is a good way to start talking about the subject. I like the simple illustrations. They are mostly black and white with a splash of color here and there and the colors match the emotion being talked about (for example, for sad, the guy’s sweater is blue, and so are the curtains of the window). As a kid, I know there are other kids who sometimes have a problem figuring out what they are feeling or being able to say what they are feeling. I think books like this will help a lot.
I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!
Check out an adult’s opinion of this book! Sue Morris of Kid Lit Reviews reviewed this book (click HERE to see it)!