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Book Review: The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

Title: The Way I Feel

Author: Janan Cain

Illustrator: Janan Cain

Spec Spot

What's It about?

Understanding feelings is hard! The Way I feel focuses on identifying those feelings and how to recognize them through colorful images and lyrical words that illustrate feelings, actions and expressions in a fun way.

Other thoughts:

I don't know about you, but my kids struggle with understanding their own emotions. It's an on going struggle. I feel like there are a lot of books that help kids understand one aspect of emptions, often times facial expressions but one of the things that stood out to me about this book was how two pages are dedicated to each emotion with colors that help to portray the emotions as well as images and words.

The other thing that really made me appreciate the book is that they don't just talk about happy, sad and mad, though those could be considered the core emotions. This book explores other emotions that are just as important and very common but sometimes forgotten like silly, shy, bored and disappointed and even jealous. I know that my six year old feels most of the emotions in the book each day and, while she's getting much better being able to express them appropriately and identify them in herself and others, they aren't alway easy. this book opens up the conversation and gives us an open door to talk about how some of these emotions, such as disappointed is different then sad or mad even though they can be very similar and sometimes they can happen at the same time.

I truly believe that it is easier to help our children through emotions or to know how to proceed when we know what they are feeling. It gives us a direction. But it's even more important that they can identify their emotions and start learning the skills needed to cope with them young. As we all know, it's a long journey that is constantly a part of our lives. This book offered us a fun way to explore those emotions together in a safe environment.


I give this book a


out of

10 emotions

But that's just what I thought. What did you think about The Way I Feel? Did you love it? Did you think it was the same as the other emotions books? Let us know in the comments.

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