1.16.2015

PPBF: F Is For Feelings

Last week, I found out I had won the December Giveaway over at
Free Spirit; today's PPBF is one of the treasures I found while I was on that incredible shopping spree. Thank you, Free Spirit, for this gem!


Title: F Is For Feelings
Authors: Goldie Millar and Lisa A. Berger
Illustrator: Hazel Mitchell
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Date: July 7, 2104 (oops!) 2014
Suitable for: PreK through third grade
Non-fiction
Themes: feelings, emotions, empathy
Brief synopsis: Travel through the alphabet of feelings with these children as they experience emotional highs and lows.
Opening page: Every day I feel all kinds of feelings, in all kinds of places, with all kinds of people, in all kinds of ways.  

Resources:  Visit the author's website {here}.
Grab ideas from the book's Pinterest page {here}.
Read a review from An Unconventional Librarian {here}.
Sing along with My Feelings, a song I wrote {here}.
Compare and contrast the book with Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein.


Why I like this book:  D is for different. I like it because it's different from other feelings book on my shelf. The brilliant, energetic illustrations pair feeling words with actions and behaviors so that the abstract becomes concrete, so important for the little leaders under our care. A caregiver can't have enough of these books that help students understand, embrace and own their feelings when they show up. 

And then, there's the empathy piece. On each of these colorful pages, I can pose the question, "What would it be like to be him or her today?" 
For example, check out this J page:


Jealous is a hard word and an even harder feeling for some kids to manage. Isn't this awesome illustration and that simple explanation a terrific way to bring that feeling to life? That leads me to an extension possibility: Ask students, "what would your J page say?"  If you come by the Corner a lot, you might predict that I probably would have picked J is for Joy. Share that option (or your J pick) with your littles and ask them to imagine the illustration on a joy page instead of a jealous page. See where I'm going with this? You'll have another alphabet book before you know it. Make one as a class or let students make a personalized copy. 

Finally, I love the four-page the Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers at the back of the book for other enrichment activities and ideas.

Don't forget to head to Susanna's blog next for more PPBF picks.





13 comments:

  1. Looks like a great one and wonderful resources. We have a lot of feelings with our preschooler and I love finding books like this. It's not available at our library, so I'll put it on my list to find. Thank you.

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    1. My pleasure. I'm planning to ask our librarian to buy a few copies; it's that good! Thanks for stopping by the Corner!

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  2. This sounds like an important read for kids and a great resources for parents and educators. Nice pairing with Visiting Feelings - a favorite of mine. Free Spirit has so many lovely book choices. Congratulations on the win. You may want to check the date you listed for publication -- 2104. Think you mean 2014.

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    1. Nice catch, Pat. Thanks!

      Yes, I was really lucky that my name was picked and I had a blast on that shopping spree. This one, though, has really grabbed my attention. It's OUR kind of book!!

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  3. This looks like a great resource and I'm impressed by the support materials!

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    1. Thank you for your kind affirmation about my resources. I love the challenge of extending and enriching and supporting books with quality materials.

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  4. What a great idea!!!! My readers love alphabet books. This one is pretty unique!

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    1. I especially like that K is for Kind. I don't think of kind as a feeling, necessarily, but it's that's what makes this one SO different!

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  5. Oh - this looks great! Thanks so much for sharing it. Looks like a super fit.

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    1. Yes, it's great ... and not just because I'm a counselor either. Hope you like it as much as I do. I appreciate you coming by the Corner.

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  6. What a great "find" - and a book that will help kids sort through their feelings.

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