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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

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by Jo Witek
 

Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.
I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast,
I feel as if I could take off into the sky.
This is when my heart is happy.
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon,

Overview


Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.
I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast,
I feel as if I could take off into the sky.
This is when my heart is happy.
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.
          The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Maria Russo
…[an] ingenious, attractive book…What could have been heavy-handed is instead buoyant and delightful.
Publishers Weekly
11/10/2014
Concentric heart-shaped die-cuts are the centerpiece of this elegantly designed book about emotions, first published in France. An expressive pencil-drawn child uses relatable similes and metaphors to describe her various feelings: “Some days my heart feels as heavy as an elephant. There’s a dark cloud over my head, and tears fall like rain. This is when my heart is sad.” A featureless gray-blue elephant sprays water on the girl from its trunk, which swoops toward her from across the spread. Elsewhere, a red cross symbolizes a broken heart in need for healing (dressed as a nurse, the girl wraps the cross with a bandage), and the girl appears as Red Riding Hood, pursued by a wolf, to demonstrate fear. Witek covers an impressive emotional range while Roussey’s childlike drawings evoke each feeling with playful style. Ages 2–4. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marybeth C. Gaffney
What a beautiful written and illustrated picture book, that is appropriate for young and old alike. Witek explains that feelings come in all emotions and sizes. Each page focuses on one feeling. Maybe you are feeling happy, sad, silly, afraid, hopeful, angry, shy, or silly. Grey outlines of the main character accented by oversized colorful pictures that help explain the feeling are very creatively done. Each page has a pencil, almost child-like, illustration accompanied a larger colorful illustration to zoom in on the feeling. In addition to the grey and color, each page has a die cut heart that gets smaller with each turn of the page Illustrations and content are so kid friendly that one can’t but help feel the emotion from page to page. The illustrations and content have accomplished a lighthearted touch on emotions and how they make you feel. The story ends leaving the reader to wonder what his or her heart feels like. Reviewer: Marybeth C. Gaffney; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Although this picture book exploration of feelings takes a similar list-and-describe approach to that of Jamie Lee Curtis's Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day (HarperCollins, 2007) and Dr. Seuss's My Many-Colored Days (Knopf, 1998), don't count that against it. The approach still works, especially when the feelings evoked have such child-friendly imagery ("My heart is yelling, hot and loud," the child narrator explains). The book pairs brief verbal explorations of emotions with evocative imagery, popping with bright colors against the effectively used white background. Throughout the representative illustrations—a bright yellow star to represent happiness, an elephant to represent sadness, a silhouette of the Big Bad Wolf to represent fear—a series of heart cutouts, ever decreasing in size, appears on the pages, until the heroine is able to find her feelings everywhere.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-09-14
Vibrant die cuts, whimsical drawings, and a text that explores a wide range of feelings with just the right touches of imagination and wit combine for a most impressive picture-book experience. Readers will be attracted right away to the rainbow hues of the multilayered die-cut hearts that recede inward from the cover. The device entices readers to turn the page and enter into an exploration of emotion. An expressive girl explains: "My heart is like a house, with all these feelings living inside." On the facing page, the shape of a house surrounds the interior die-cut hearts. With each page turn, emotions from happiness to sadness, bravery to fear, anger to calm are displayed. Witek expertly utilizes similes to help young readers grasp the concepts; a bright yellow star represents happiness, but a red cross with a bandage on it is emblematic of a broken heart when feelings have been hurt. When the girl's heart is "silly," she is "like a bouncy bunny." At other times her heart is "as heavy as an elephant" or hopeful, "like a plant reaching toward the sky." As the pages turn, the hearts get smaller and smaller, until the final spread shows a garden with dozens of hearts. Readers are left to answer a question: "How does your heart feel?" Consider this beautifully designed French import a must-have for any storytime or one-on-one sharing regarding the somewhat sticky subject of feelings. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419713101
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Series:
Growing Hearts Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
10,927
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Jo Witek is the author of Hello in There! She is an author, journalist, and screenwriter who has published several books in France. She lives in Hérault, France. Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There! She works in advertising, as well as with newspapers, magazines, and publishers. She lives in Paris.

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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A beautiful book that has helped my daughter identify her feelings. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave this as a Birthday Gift ! Everyone loved it.
1WEE More than 1 year ago
A Beautiful book in word, color and spirit. Reading for not only the young, but old and in between. I gave as gifts to all and kept one for myself. They loved it. Simple in writing, but thought provoking and Close to Heart.