Tag Archives: feelings

A Corner of the Universe

Set in the 1960s, A Corner of the Universe is a favourite of my eleven-year-old daughter, so of course, I had to read it (ordered to, actually). I love the 1960s, and if you do too, be aware that this isn’t about Civil … Continue reading

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Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs

It’s got a cool title and cute illustrations, yet Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs:  A Kid’s Menu of Feelings is a nonfiction picture book. It clearly identifies feelings such as shy and worried in terms kids can understand.  “Annoyed is being mini-mad,” … Continue reading


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When No One Is Watching

Contrary to popular portrayal, not all interesting girls are sassy and loud. Eileen Spinelli’s character wrestles gorillas, tickles white sharks and dunks with a whoop, but only when no one is watching. There’s no need to feel sorry for this … Continue reading

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Almost Forever

When a father goes to Vietnam, the rest of the family has to keep living a life that seems so much the same and yet so different from what it used to be. Told in spare verse from the six-year-old daughter’s … Continue reading

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A Kiss Means I Love You

Beautifully clear photos illustrate feelings all kids experience. Written in simple, evocative rhyme by Kathryn Madeline Allen, A Kiss Means I Love You shows nonverbal communication via real children living in Chicago. Eric Futran‘s photography captures every nuance of expression making … Continue reading

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Little Dog, Lost

It’s not only Buddy, the little dog, who is lost and longing for a friend, but there’s a boy, Mark, and an old, lonely man, Larue, who are longing for companionship too. Little Dog, Lost entwines three stories in a poetic, … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Magic

Okay, here’s a book recommended to me by my nine-year-old. I admit, I didn’t expect to like it. The cover didn’t draw me in, but the first paragraph, and then the first chapter and then the next chapter filled me … Continue reading

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All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

Kathy Hoopman has created a touching book with adorable photographs of cats and text that relates to Asperger Syndrome. This book illuminates similarities between the two: “He likes to be near those he loves, but doesn’t want them to hold him, preferring … Continue reading

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Pearl Verses the World

Miss Bruff wants us to write poems. I am. Miss Bruff wants poems that rhyme. Mine don’t. Rhyme is okay sometimes, but my poems don’t rhyme and neither do I. At school, Pearl is in a group of one and … Continue reading

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I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen tells the entire story of a missing hat in dialogue.  Reminiscent of the classic Are You My Mother?, the bear asks everyone in the animal kingdom “Have you seen my hat?”  Yet this bear doesn’t recognize his hat even when … Continue reading

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