‘Feelings’ is a unique, beautiful exploration of the power of emotions from Richard Jones and Libby Walden. Taken from a child’s eye viewpoint we are taken on an emotional rollercoaster through the gauntlet of feelings they experience in their life. This beautiful, lyrical tale guides the reader through positive experiences such as excitement and happiness but then explores more complex thoughts of feeling alone and being embarrassed.
It warmly reassures the child that ‘everyone is different and their feelings aren’t the same’ and allows them to feel that it’s absolutely fine to show their true emotions they don’t need to hide them away. Wonderfully empathetic it helps children to understand that when others are experiencing more complex thoughts we should try to walk in their shoes to make sense of why they may be behaving in a certain way. Using a varied colour palette to capture each emotion accompanied by soothing text it opens up a conversation between a child and a parent, offering them a safe place to express their feelings. The clever use of the die-cut child puts them at the centre of the book and the focus of the conversation. It recognises that they may feel unable to control their feelings and how difficult and frustrating that can be for them. Beautifully told with exquisite illustrations this stunning picture book is a truly special read.
A huge thank you to Little Tiger for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for sending me a copy of this book.