A Book of Feelings by Amanda McCardie, Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino

Expressive, watercolour illustrations by Salvatore Rubbino are paired perfectly with this book about expressing one’s feelings.

Growing up, going to school, new siblings – these can be difficult times in a young person’s life. This books aims to help those children, who sometimes find it difficult to express what they are feeling. The book achieves this with a warm and gentle touch.

The book follows the day to day lives of brother and sister, Sam and Kate. We see them when they are happiest and we see them when they are not. We experience all types of emotions and as children we might not understand why we get grumpy, embarrassed, shy, nervous, frightened, sad and jealous.

We see Sam and Kate in all kinds of situations at home and at school, which cause them to experience these feelings. We learn when emotions can spiral out of control and how we can help and support each other.

I think this is an important book that does what it says on the tin, written sensitively and illustrated beautifully.

Published by Walker Books.

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