Big emotions, mindfulness and mental well-being delivered in a child-friendly way by The Feelings Doctor.
Nuna is not feeling very good. Yesterday she said yes to something that she did not want to do and now she has a very strange feeling in her tummy. It’s time for a visit to see a very special doctor who can help untangle big emotions that are hard to understand. At first, Nuna cannot find the right words to explain how she feels but the Feelings Doctor is sure he has something helpful in his emotions toolkit. Will deep breathing, drawing, blowing bubbles and sensory bottles help Nuna express herself and get her feeling better again…
The Colour Monster takes on the role of doctor in an emotionally intelligent and empathetic read that is brilliant for exploring feelings and emotions. Written in relevant and accessible vocabulary, children will learn how to express how they feel when they cannot find the words, for example via a feelings-o-meter or through emojis and facial expressions, and will begin to develop strategies that will allow them to regulate, calm and take control of big emotions.
Everyone has feelings and the doctor does an excellent job of reassuring readers that this is perfectly normal. Feelings need to be acknowledged and understood and with The Colour Monster at the helm young emotions are in good hands. With over their thirty-six strategies and helpful tips - all revealed in an expansive double page fold-out - children are empowered and equipped to self-soothe and deal with whatever emotions come their way.
The very useful practical guide is enhanced further with excellent back-matter that includes instructions for assembling an emotions toolkit and notes for adults that address validating and regulating emotions, offering physical and emotional support, the need to say no and the unconditional nature of love.
A valuable addition to any home, school or library.
Recommended for 4+.
With huge thanks to Allen & Unwin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.