Visiting feelings (#0500MM3)

by Rubenstein, Lauren; illustrated by Hehenberger, Shelly

1 review or award | 1 full-text review

Hardcover Magination Press, 2014
Price: USD 15.99
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Dewey: 152.4; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 1.7


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A picture book that encourages emotional awareness and mindfulness in children, inviting them to sense, explore, and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity.

From the Publisher
Do you have a feeling that's visiting today?

Can you open your door and invite it to play?

Visiting Feelings encourages children to treat their feelings like guests -- welcome them in, get to know them, and perhaps learn why they are visiting. Through this purposeful and mindful exploration, Visiting Feelings harnesses a young child's innate capacity to fully experience the present moment and invites children to sense, explore, and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity.

A Note to Parents provides more information about emotional awareness and mindfulness, plus practical advice and activities for introducing mindfulness into daily family routine.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Magination Press
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 152.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Tracings: Hehenberger, Shelly, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-43381-339-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-43381-339-9
  • LCCN: 2013-001222
  • Follett Number: 0500MM3
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 1.7

Reviews & Awards
  • School Library Journal, 02/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
School Library Journal (February 1, 2014)
K-Gr 3-Through a poetic text, children are encouraged to identify and explore their emotions. "Do you have a feeling/that's visiting today?/Can you open your door/and invite it to play?/Can you ask what it wants,/and then check it out?" Readers are asked to embrace their feelings, to treat them like friends. Feelings are described through the use of similes and metaphors: "Is it sharp like stepping/on stones with bare feet?/Or smooth like ice cream-your favorite treat?" They are also personified: "Is it warm or cold?/Sour or sweet?/Does it shiver with fear/when the two of you meet?" The full-page, digitally created illustrations feature hand-painted textures and overlays. They have a dreamy quality as the feelings swirl around the youngsters in soft pastel colors. The end pages offer additional information for parents. The high-quality, appealing art will hold the attention of younger children, but discussion will be necessary for understanding this lyrical flow of moods. Paired with Wendy Cooper's A Is Amazing: Poems About Feelings (Frances Lincoln, 2013), the book has a lot of potential for teaching students how to describe their reactions to different situations. -Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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