Book Review: First Feelings

first-feelingsFirst Feelings: 12 Stories for Toddlers by Dr. Mary Manz Simon is an excellent book for children and parents regarding identifying and processing a wide range of emotions in an healthy manner. The author does a wonderful job of keeping the feelings simple, accessible, and applicable for young children (the illustrations by Dorothy Stott and Penny Weber are great, too). Yet the author also has a page at the end of each emotion for the parents to understand the feelings in more depth as well as tips to help them with their parenting.

The author does a wonderful job of not demonizing emotions such as “jealous,” “mad,” and “worried.” She shows how to deal with these emotions and express them healthily so as to not be controlled by them. On top of it all, she helps the child and parent bring God into each emotional state in a simple and easy way.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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