The Way I Feel

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time author and artist Cain treads familiar ground here with a picture book that pales in comparison to Jamie Lee Curtis's subtler and snappier Today I Feel Silly. From scared to shy, bored to jealous, Cain covers the emotional waterfront in a series of rhymes paired with pastel pencil drawings featuring elflike children. The opening spread, "silly" ("Silly is the way I feel when I make a funny face/ and wear a goofy, poofy hat that takes up lots of space"), casts a child in a rainbow-colored clown outfit against a sunny yellow backdrop and heralds the book's main artistic conceit--a palette picked to suit each mood. "Bored," for instance, is played out on a background of drab tans and browns, while "angry" steams with fiery reds and purples. Though energetic and bright, the cartoonlike illustrations skate close to being strident, while the verses are pedestrian ("Sometimes I feel so very sad and really don't know why./ Instead of playing and having fun, I cry and cry and cry"). Ages 4-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Strikingly illustrated, Janan Cain's The Way I Feel is a unique picturebook about human feelings, what they are and how the are all part of our human eXxperience and makeup. The strong and eXxpressive images showcase the superbly crafted verse teXxt. Young readers will learn useful words, achieve a clearer understanding into the nature and spectrum of their feelings. The Way I Feel is ideal for parentchild bonding and highly recommended for family, school, and community libraries.
Childrens Book Watch
The Way I Feel will take young readers ages 2 to 8 through a picturebook excursion of all the different kinds of feelings, and show that feelings are neither good or bad, they just are. Strong, colorful, and expressive images by Janan Cain perfectly showcase her imaginative text introducing children to the words they need to name their feelings. The Way I Feel is an original, informative, highly entertaining and recommended picturebook for personal, school, and community library collections.
—Childrens Book Watch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884734717
  • Publisher: Parenting Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 27,217
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Unable to find a picture book to teach her preschool daughters the words for emotions, Chicago-area artist Janan Cain created The Way I Feel. Aware that many children know nothing more than the words for happy and angry, she describes many emotions, including proud, disappointed, jealous and shy. The colors and shapes in each illustration and the type faces on each page reinforce the mood of the emotion shown. Cain also focuses on the concept of all emotions being normal---"They're all a part of me"---without judgmental labels.

Since the publication of The Way I Feel in 2000, Cain has become a popular "artist in the schools" speaker, demonstrating to young children how they can communicate emotion in their drawings. Her book is also used in libraries, homes, pediatric hospitals, mental health programs and with children with such special needs as autism.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    My son loves the bright, colorful pictures!

    This book is wonderful! It's really helping my 2-year-old understand how to deal with his emotions - and how NOT to! The pictures are beautiful and bright and really keep his attention so we can get down to talking about anger, happiness, pride. I definitely recommend this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    would love it...

    would probably be a great book to help my 3 year old deal with his emotions, however i have yet to receive it and i've ordered it WEEKS ago... thanks B&N!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    simple and fun to read

    This book has great illustratioins, easy to read, and is a fun and simple way for little ones to understand some basic emotions---happy, sad, scared, proud, etc. It's one that my 2 year old enjoys and is a good tool in helping her to start understanding her emotions and that it's okay to have a range of emotions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    The Way I Feel

    This is an awesome book to teach children what different emotions are and what might be an appropriate time to have them. It would be good for teachers to add this to their classroom library because it raises many discussion questions. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and imaginative and unforgettable. I would recommend this book to parents of young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Good teaching tool

    I have a young child who has been having difficulty expressing feelings. This was a good book for teaching my child about feelings. It can be read over and over, and can be used to help identify feelings when the child is feeling them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    Toddler LOVES it!

    My son who is now 26 months knows this book by heart (and so do we)! We made up actions to each page and he loves to pretend to cry, stomp on the floor, or make goofy faces to go with each page. He loves this book and it is one of his first picks whenever he sees it. I believe it has also helped him understand his moods and learn rythm & rhyming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    comprehensive for children

    this book i found to be very helpful in working with children with both autism and attachment disorders. it reaches children on their level of understanding. great book well worth the money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Sure to be a classic

    I'm the mother of two and I LOVE this book because of the nonjudgmental language (the author doesn't preach about whether it's nice to be jealous or frustrated, she simply acknowledges that we all feel that way sometimes), the marvelously stylized illustrations of kids (check out the socks and stripes) and the images that bring emotions alive. When I open up to 'excited,' I too feel as if I'm bouncing off the page. And I wish I could hang 'angry' on my wall; I smile every time I see it. Also appreciate the standard English; no slang that will quickly become outdated, as in Curtis's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    A wonderful revelation into children's feelings

    Take it from a grandmother of 16 who read this book to her grandchildren (ages 16 yrs to 9 months) over the Thanksgiving Holiday. As I read and shared the pictures with them, they mimicked the characters & actually started to share their different feelings relating to the emotions. I previewed Jaimie Lee's book and felt too much was going on, whereas Cain's book was more focused. What a wonderful book directly depicting children's feelings which so often go unsaid.

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