An octopus explores the contrasting emotions found within himself and invites the readers to consider if they feel the same way.Feeling brave at times but scared at other times is just one of the many feelings that are examined.This is a great book to help children explore their own reactions to the world around them.
Vera A. Milz, Book Reviewer
Endorsement:Mental Health Counselor
This delightful and engaging book not only helps children and adults alike identify a variety of common feelings, but encourages with simplicity the healthiness of emotional expression.In my outpatient mental health clinic, children and adults with mild mental health adjustments to abuse/neglect devastation relate to the feelings and situations portrayed as they are predisposed to internalize normalcy by the inviting illustrations.
Gloria Rouleau, President and Therapist of New Beginnings)
AMAZON.COM Reviewer: A Reader (Arizona) A great children's book which brings back first emotions! Somewhere, perhaps in a library lately, I ran across this marvelous children's book -- supposedly for children, aged 4-8. Instead, I found myself caught up in my own web of first emotions -- both new and old. Of sheer happiness; the coming of sadness and what that meant. Fright in the face of things real; bravery in the face of things I should be afraid of but didn't know enough to know fear. Of fantasy and loneliness; niceness versus mean. All of this running through me -- because I encountered a children's book -- inviting me to take another look inside myself -- one more time. It was fun. An aftermath. Just as I brailled Age 70! I think it'll move Ages 4-8 just fine!
A whimisical, comprehensive look at our emotions! This is a fantastic book.I bought it for my four year old who was struggling with the range and intensity of her emotions.She adores this book.The pictures are whimsical, colorful and humorous.The words are evocative—sometimes you want to laugh, sometimes you want to cry when you read this little book.I just purchased several more of these—to donate to my daughter's preschool and to give as gifts. This book is not preachy or sappy, but real and really useful. So many times when you go to the "serious" section of the kids' department, you get well intentioned, boring books written by adults for adults. This is not one of those books, nor is it just for a child struggling with her emotions. We all occupy different spaces on the emotional range, each and every day...brave, sad, scared, happy, caring, etc. This little book is put out by a small press, has a reasonable price tag, and is so worth buying.