In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

by Jo Witek, Christine Roussey (Illustrations)
This is a special book in every way.  The format is beautiful with different colour heart cut outs going deeper and getting smaller on each page.  The illustrations are cute and clever and compliment the text in every way.
Recently a friend suffered a bereavement this book lead to good conversations about dealing with the range of emotions they were both feeling.
Normally wouldn’t use the publishers blurb in my blog posts but in this case I don’t think I could give a better explanation as to why this book is so good.  The only change I would make is to recognise that this book has much power to heal and isn’t just for toddlers :
Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.
I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast,
I feel as if I could take off into the sky.
This is when my heart is happy.
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.

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