Kevin's Big Book of Emotions

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Sometimes Kevin feels angry, sad, or afraid. And sometimes Kevin feels happy. Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions offers a reassuring first look at the range of feelings and emotions Kevin and all young children experience throughout their day. It includes poems, lifttheflaps, games, and questions to engage young readers about the emotions and feelings that are a normal part of everyday life.
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Overview


Sometimes Kevin feels angry, sad, or afraid. And sometimes Kevin feels happy. Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions offers a reassuring first look at the range of feelings and emotions Kevin and all young children experience throughout their day. It includes poems, lifttheflaps, games, and questions to engage young readers about the emotions and feelings that are a normal part of everyday life.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alison Johansen
Kevin is a likeable and typical little boy who experiences the very big feelings life throws at him throughout his day. If you have a young toddler and a child in elementary school, this book is sure to be a big hit with both! Slegers hits a home run with this cute story that my kids cannot seem to put down. She offers colorful and cute illustrations that are perfect for engaging this age group and taking kids through all of Kevin’s very common daily activities, which leave him feeling very common emotions: happiness, anger, sadness and fear. Children need help understanding these big emotions and that they are okay so they can accept and work through them. Slegers does just that. She playfully invites children into Kevin’s day to see how he works through his feelings. What does he look like when he is angry? He has furrowed eyebrows and a frowning mouth when his blocks fall down or he is being pushed. Why is he angry with his cat? What will make him happy while he is sick? We are invited to lift the flaps to find out! Slegers offers gentle ways to help children work through frustrating emotions like anger by taking a breath and counting to ten. Most importantly, Kevin shows us how he is able to feel better. He may be crying because he bumped his head, but a hug and kiss from mom, along with a bandage, help him feel better. Throughout the book and especially at the end, we see the many reasons why he is happy! What does being happy look like? See his bright eyes, smiling mouth and hopping feet! In a note at the beginning of the book for parents and teachers, Slegers talks about how important it is for children to accept and explore what can be very confusing emotions so they’re able to express their feelings and ultimately feel better. The various scenarios shown in the book will help children understand why they may act out their feelings in inappropriate ways, but that these feelings are okay. Creative questions, lift-the-flaps, poems, mazes and games offer parents and teachers several simple and fun scenarios for gently guiding children through what can feel like very big emotions. Reviewer: Alison Johansen; Ages 2 up.
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
K-Gr 2—This book features poems, flaps, games, and questions. The mediocre verses lack rich language. For the most part, the lift-the-flap feature is effective and some of the games seem like fun, yet they don't enhance the discussion of feelings. The opening spread invites listeners "to find out all the emotions we can feel." Even for toddlers, though, the four referred to—angry, sad, afraid, and happy—do not constitute "all." (A note to adults suggests discussing children's various feelings with them.) The rest of the text is sometimes effective, especially the scenarios in panels, but often awkward. In general, the bright, colorful pages are appealing, but the characteristics used to illustrate specific emotions are questionable. For example, turned-in feet do not always indicate sadness, and Kevin's "bright eyes" ("You can see his happiness") look a lot like the depiction of his eyes when he is sad. Despite some charming illustrations and a few fun features, the book is a secondary purchase.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605371641
  • Publisher: Clavis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Kevin & Katie Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 603,460
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Liesbet Slegers is a graphic designer, a children's book illustrator, and the author of several books, including "Eating," " Funny Ears," " Funny Feet," " Happy Halloween!," "Move!," " Surprise!," and the Kevin and Katie series.
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