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The Way I Feel

A book by Janan Cain

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As good as I remember...(Board Book)

  • Jul 13, 2010
I nanny'd a couple of children a few summers back and I LOVED reading this book to them (they loved hearing it).

They were 5 and 2 at the time.

Their version was the hardcover book, and yes, it does have more feelings, but not twice as many.

I will purchase the hardcover when my infant son is a couple years older and doesn't want to eat the books I read to him.

In the meanwhile, he delights in the images and the reading experience. I think the little rhymes do an apt job of connecting the regular kinds of things kids do with the feelings that go along with the actions.

Also, my 4yo niece and 5yo cousin loved hearing this too.

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First-time author and artist Cain treads familiar ground here with a picture book that pales in comparison to Jamie Lee Curtis's subtler and snappier Today I Feel Silly. From scared to shy, bored to jealous, Cain covers the emotional waterfront in a series of rhymes paired with pastel pencil drawings featuring elflike children. The opening spread, "silly" ("Silly is the way I feel when I make a funny face/ and wear a goofy, poofy hat that takes up lots of space"), casts a child in a rainbow-colored clown outfit against a sunny yellow backdrop and heralds the book's main artistic conceitAa palette picked to suit each mood. "Bored," for instance, is played out on a background of drab tans and browns, while "angry" steams with fiery reds and purples. Though energetic and bright, the cartoonlike illustrations skate close to being strident, while the verses are pedestrian ("Sometimes I feel so very sad and really don't know why./ Instead of playing and having fun, I cry and cry and cry"). Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
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ISBN-10: 1884734723
ISBN-13: 978-1884734724
Author: Janan Cain
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Parenting Press
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