In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) Hardcover – October 14, 2014

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Sometimes my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast,I feel as if I could take off into the sky.This is when my heart is happy. Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.           The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1—Even supposing this picture book exploration of feelings takes a similar list-and-describe approach to that of Jamie Lee Curtis’s Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day (HarperCollins, 2007) and Dr. Seuss’s My Many-Colored Days (Knopf, 1998), don’t count that against it. The approach still works, especially when the feelings evoked have such child-friendly imagery (“My heart is yelling, hot and loud,” the child narrator explains). The book pairs brief verbal explorations of emotions with evocative imagery, popping with bright colors against the effectively used white background. All through the representative illustrations—a bright yellow star to represent happiness, an elephant to represent sadness, a silhouette of the Big Bad Wolf to represent fear—a series of heart cutouts, ever decreasing in size, appears on the pages, until the heroine is in a position to find her feelings far and wide.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Review

STARRED REVIEW
“Imagine this beautifully designed French import a will have to-have for any storytime or one-on-one sharing regarding the moderately sticky subject of feelings.”

(Kirkus Reviews 2014-10-01)

“Witek covers an impressive emotional range at the same time as Roussey’s childlike drawings evoke each feeling with a playful style.”

(Publishers Weekly 2014-11-10)

“…evocative imagery, popping with bright colors against the effectively used white background.”

(Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD School Library Journal 2014-12-01)

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Once in a while my heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.I smile from ear to ear and twirl around so fast,I feel as if I could take off into the sky.This is when my heart is happy. Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel such a lot of feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.           The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.