A colorful, painterly, and nonjudgmental journey through a range of feelings from a child’s perspective.

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HOW DO YOU FEEL?

A youngster identifies their feelings in Gasperin’s picture book debut.

Toto, an egg-shaped, peach-colored boy, is building with blocks. An unseen narrator asks on each page, “Toto, How do you feel?” Toto responds with a reason for each emotion; at the beginning, the child is curious, excited, and proud of his work; but when the block-project falls apart, he becomes frustrated, mad, confused about what to do next, and finally sad. At the narrator’s urging, Toto takes a deep breath and remembers that he’s loved. This allows him to begin again and eventually reach happiness. Early childhood educator and psychologist Gasperin asserts in an introduction that all emotions are good and stresses the importance of specifically identifying them, rather than simply labeling them positive or negative. Toto goes through the full spectrum of emotions with no judgment; only the narrator’s reminder to breathe, and thus cope, interrupts Toto’s flow, resulting in a positive outcome. The painted illustrations show a very simple yet expressive main character against a range of colors that emphasize the emotional content. The blocks are also impressively solid-looking against the more abstract backgrounds. The limited vocabulary features few very challenging words, and the illustrations give plenty of cues to help identify Toto’s emotions.

A colorful, painterly, and nonjudgmental journey through a range of feelings from a child’s perspective.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-0-228-81678-2

Page Count: -

Publisher: Tellwell Talent

Review Posted Online: Oct. 30, 2019

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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