Can show-and-tell day be saved?
It’s show-and-tell day at school, and Sam and his friends are feeling lots of emotions. He wonders why he feels flippy in his tummy. And why is Alex stomping his feet? And does Hudson usually have such a big grin?
After several unchecked feelings threaten to ruin the big day, Sam and his friends start to learn how to give each emotion a name and ask God to help them remember that “a feeling is just a feeling—it’s not in charge of you.” In a world where kids are dealing with everything from sibling rivalry to bullying, divorce to tragedy, What Am I Feeling? offers a biblically grounded way for children to verbalize their feelings, develop empathy and self-control, and understand their wonderful God-given emotions.BONUS! Also includes a pull-out feelings chart for your wall! Go to bhkids.com to find this book's Parent Connection, an easy tool to help moms and dads (or anyone else who loves kids) discuss the book's message with their child. We're all about connecting parents and kids to each other and to God's Word.
|Publisher:||B&H Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
JOSH and CHRISTI STRAUB are speakers, authors, and marriage and family coaches. Co-hosts of the In This Together podcast, they also lead an online community of parents called TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh (PhD) is a professor of child psychology and the author of Safe House: How Emotional Safety Is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well. Josh and Christi have two fun-loving kids, Landon and Kennedy, and a feisty puppy named Copper.
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Everybody knows that Sam likes to smile. He has the best jokes, likes riding his bike, and loves his dog, Copper.
But one day before school, Dad Notices Sam hunched over his Cereal. "How are you feeling, son?"
"I'm fine. I just don't want to go to school," Sam said softly. "I feel flippy in my tummy."
"It sounds like you're feeling afraid," said Dad.
"I don't know what I'm feeling," replied Sam.
"Sam, what you feel matters, but it doesn't have to control you. Giving each feeling a name helps you know what to do with it."
"Time for school, Sam!" Mom called. "It's dress-up day! Come get your costume on. And don't forget, today is your turn for show and tell!"
Sam wasn't so sure about show and tell.
"Remember," his dad said, "a feeling is just a feeling. It's not in charge of you. If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it."
When he walked into Mrs. Stewart's class, Sam felt Flippy in his tummy. He felt stuffy in his head. He didn't Want to talk. His cheeks felt hot and red.
"Hi, Sam!" said his best friend, Hudson.
"Hi, Hudson. I like your costume," Sam said quietly.
"Isn't it awesome? Astronauts are my favorite!"
"I'm so happy today," Hudson said excitedly. Sam noticed that Hudson's feet were almost dancing and his mouth was one big grin.
Sam then saw Alex in the block corner.
"I'm a pirate," Alex bragged, "and I'm building the biggest pirate ship in the world! Ahoy, matey!"
"Opps! Sorry, Alex!" Hudson said quickly as he zoomed off again.(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What Am I Feeling? held my children's attention as I read it and they liked the cute pictures. We talked a little about emotions and the book's message. It's not a book they want to read daily, but they pick it up sometimes. The concepts of (1) naming a feeling, (2) asking God for help with it, and (3) not letting the emotion control your actions are good lessons. Really good lessons, that both children and adults (myself included) need to remember. In the story, several children experience emotions that are generally perceived as negative. One girl feels sadness, one girl feels jealousy, one boy feels afraid, and one boy feels angry. While the first three got reminded in various ways to acknowledge the feeling and not let it control his/her actions, the boy who got angry never got the same reminder or any consequence. He did apologize for his anger later in the story, but it stood out to me that he did not receive a reminder like the others did. Perhaps that bothers me more than it will others, but as the book is perpetuating self-awareness of emotions, I think that one should have been called out as well. In conclusion, my kids liked the story and illustrations in What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub. I thought it missed the mark, but I still appreciate the premise of naming an emotion, praying for help, and not letting it dictate one's actions. Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
This is a great book for kids on identifying their feelings and realizing that their feelings don't need to control them. It includes a pull-out feelings chart. Sam has butterflies in his stomach and is afraid to go to school. His dad helps him by saying, “Sam, what you feel matters, but it doesn't have to control you. Giving each feeling a name helps you know what to do with it.” He then tells him “a feeling is just a feeling. It's not in charge of you. If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it.” Sam then goes to school where he sees other kids dealing with feelings. He helps them and they all end up working on their feelings and not letting them control them. In the end, Sam tells his parents about his day and how he asked God to help him. It is recommended for ages four through eight, but it has a message older children and even adults could learn from too. It is a scientifically and biblically based message. I highly recommend this book. (Please Note: Although this book was given to me to review by B&H and Lifeway, the opinions expressed are my own.)
At times, emotions can be hard to navigate as adults and harder still for children. As parents, it is important for us to help them to understand their wide range of emotions, what they mean, and how to handle them. What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub is a wonderful book and resource to help children learn about their feelings. When it is show and tell day at school, Sam and each of his friends feel different emotions. Sam feels afraid, Alex experiences anger, Sophie gets sad, and Jennie feels jealous. Both Sam’s Dad and teacher bring this wise thought to the children: “A feeling is just a feeling. It’s not in charge of you.” The book is a delightful read with colorful pictures every child will be able to relate. Children will be able to identify with the characters and the emotions illustrated. The story becomes an example of how to best handle their emotions when their day does not go as hoped. There is also a pull-out chart of emotions which parents, and teachers, can use for discussion. This is a great book to help children to reflect on their emotions and how best to handle them. **The publisher provided this book through the B & H/Lifeway Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Wow, this book is a must-have resource. We know how hard it is for even grown ups to talk about and identify their feelings, so to help kids identify the "big feelings they feel in a little body" is crucial. We need a generation of kids who know how to empathize with others, and I hope this book helps do just that!