The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings Hardcover – September 1, 2015

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“This sensitive book . . . encourages young ones to open up and discuss how they feel, even when their thoughts are confusing.” —Parents We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. And kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!

From School Library Journal

PreS-K—Employing a rainbow of tones, a young girl tries to help her multihued friend be mindful why he is “feeling all mixed up.” The unnamed child distinguishes five emotions (happiness, anger, sadness, fear, and calm) and articulates what each one might feel like by equating it with a color. A smiling golden monster on a spread featuring yellow leaves and cutouts represents happiness, describing it as “yellow like the sun.” The text explains, “When you find yourself happy you laugh, jump, dance and play. You wish to have to share that feeling with everyone.” Conversely, when blue, “you’re sad you might wish to cry or be alone.” Most dramatically, a red monster jumps off the page and declares, “When you find yourself angry, You wish to have to stomp and roar and shout, ‘It isn’t fair!'” Emotions are described in age-appropriate terms, and even though calm is a bit tricky (“you breathe slowing and deeply. You’re feeling at peace.”), there is not any question what the fellow bathed in green is feeling as he rests in a hammock, eyes closed with a smile on his face. A final emotion is left unnamed for readers or listeners to identify, but pink hearts give it away. A lot of books, such as Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry—In reality, In reality Angry (Scholastic, 2004), explore how a child deals with a particular emotion; Color Monster considers the range of feelings a child can experience. As with most pop-ups, durability is a question. VERDICT Less a story than a vehicle to initiate a reassuring conversation about emotions and how to identify them.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal

Review

“A lot of books . . . explore how a child deals with a particular emotion; Color Monster considers the range of feelings a child can experience. . . a vehicle to initiate a reassuring conversation about emotions and how to identify them.” —School Library Journal online

“. . . teaches toddlers how to identify their emotions. This sensitive book also encourages young ones to open up and discuss how they feel, even when their thoughts are confusing.” —Parents

“This sensitive book . . . encourages young ones to open up and discuss how they feel, even when their thoughts are confusing.” —Parents We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. And kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!