Wild Feelings
Wild Feelings
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Annotation: Uses animal metaphors to sketch the emotional range, from awkward to unnoticed, to really, really mad, ultimately providing a reassuring message that that these are normal, natural feelings.
Catalog Number: #96764
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-9587-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-9587-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014021649
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Subject Heading:
Emotions. Fiction.
Language: English
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Beginning with the question, "Do you ever feel/as stubborn as a mule?" this picture book demonstrates a gentle understanding of feelings that can often confuse and overwhelm young children. Illustrated in Milgrim's distinctive cartoon style with bold lines and plenty of white space, a relatively diverse cast of children dressed in animal costumes experiences a wide range of emotions. Most spreads employ familiar similes"as small as a mouse" and "as clumsy as an ox"while others rely more on the illustrations for illumination and may require some adult explanation. For example, the phrase "totally and completely alone" doesn't include an animal comparison but is paired with a child in a wolf costume howling at the moon, and feeling "batty" simply shows a child in a bat costume hanging from the ceiling of a schoolroom. In the end, Milgrim's message that everyone, even adults, has these feelings and "it's only natural" will resonate with young audiences and remind grown-ups that there are times when we all need help navigating emotional highs and lows. VERDICT Milgrim's lighthearted illustrations and empathetic understanding of child behavior make this a first purchase and a good choice both for one-on-one discussions and for storytime. Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Sacramento Public Library, CA
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School Library Journal (5/1/15)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Do you ever feel as stubborn as a mule? Or as chicken as a chicken? Of course you do. Everyone does. In this lighthearted look at feelings, David Milgrim tenderly and humorously sketches the emotional range--from awkward to unnoticed, to really, rrrreally mad. Ultimately reassuring, this is a loving look at the normal, natural feelings we all have.

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