by Jeanne Modesitt
grade one, kindergarten
There are many different ways that people can feel. This book introduces children to twelve ways, and emphasizes that it is okay to have all of them. The beautiful, bold illustrations pair up the feelings to animals, which may make it easier for children to understand what the feelings actually are. This is a peaceful and charming book that is great for any age group who is having problems expressing their feelings.
Photocopy the phrase “Sometimes I feel like a ………….. , …………………….”. Have students fill in the sentence with an animal and an appropriate feeling word that they remembered from the book or thought up themselves (eg: Sometimes I feel like a cat, warm.). Display these around the room, and every morning ask a few children how they feel and feel like.