HOW DO YOU FEEL? by Rebecca Bender

HOW DO YOU FEEL?

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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A hedgehog sets out to ask how its fellow animals feel; along the way, readers will learn there is more than one meaning to the word “feel.”

A puffy, cheery cover framed in soft purple opens onto endpapers depicting a fresh green meadow in early summer. The tone is set for this toddler-friendly book that introduces a few animals and how they feel. On clean, uncluttered, sturdy pages with plenty of white, and using children’s acrylics and colored pencil, Bender depicts in a realistic style—though slightly anthropomorphized—a hedgehog, a toad, a snake, a duckling, a rabbit, a snail, and a kitten. The hedgehog asks the same question of each animal it encounters: “Toad [or Snake, Duckling, etc.], how do you feel?” It is in the animals’ vocabulary-rich answers that this book really shines. The toad feels “bumpy, like the trunk of a gnarly tree.” The snake feels “smooth, like a stone polished by the sea.” The snail feels “slimy, like a slippery watermelon seed.” At the end, when all the animals ask hedgehog how it feels, readers will have a little surprise, as its answer is not one of the tactile kind: Hedgehog feels happy!

A charming, smart, and attractive book. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-7727-8013-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Pajama Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2017




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