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Big Feelings

Written by Alexandra Penfold

Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Early Years Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) School Stories

LoveReading View on Big Feelings

Big feelings explored in a story of fun and co-operation

A group of children get together to turn a patch of waste ground into a playground. But their big plans are knocked off course when big feelings get in the way. What to do? ‘Talk it out, talk it through’ of course.  After some straight talking, and some ‘sorrys’ the smiles are back and the kids are working together again.  ‘Whatever we’re feeling, we’re never alone’ the story concludes and its message of empathy and problem-solving comes over loud and clear. The story works particularly well because the gang of children – different in every way – are so lively, appealing and real, and the playground they created a terrific reward for their hard work. This is a great book to inspire discussions around feelings, and the importance of listening and working together.

Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series is equally good for starting such discussions.

Andrea Reece

Big Feelings Synopsis

I have big feelings. You have them too. How can I help? What can we do?

Follow a group of children through a day in their neighbourhood, as they play together and navigate the BIG feelings that we all experience. What should we do when things don't go to plan?

We may feel angry, frustrated or overwhelmed; we may feel hopeful, tired or even . . . inspired. No matter how we're feeling or how different we are, it's never too late to talk things through and learn to see the world from another point of view.

Warm and inspiring, this uplifting picture book helps children name and acknowledge feelings of all kinds, and learn to put themselves in others' shoes. Because whatever we're feeling, we're never alone.

Big Feelings Press Reviews

Expressive and energetic - Publishers Weekly

[The book's] strength is the diversity on display in its pages. There's a rainbow of skin tones and hair colours ... and markers of religious and cultural diversity. Allows kids to practice identifying and dealing with their own big feelings - Kirkus Reviews

I'd like to highly recommend this book. It's so needed and useful especially when you read it during the mental health week. I think every primary school should have this book - NetGalley Reviewer

Simple premise, but very powerful. The illustrations are beautiful ... The characters in the book are diverse, and the rhyming text is charming - NetGalley Reviewer

This showcases some of the finest in children's picture book writing. Never twee, this book celebrates emotions, including the big ones, with a dose of humour and illustrations that are never short of stunning ... a fun class book for reading aloud and learning about emotions, or a cosy bedtime ritual to curl up and look through the pictures - Librarian, NetGalley Reviewer

Praise for All Are Welcome;

Penfold and Kaufman have outdone themselves in delivering a vital message in today's political climate - Kirkus Reviews

A lively, timely picture book - Booklist

A celebration as much as it is a story - Bookbairn

This book has a lovely array of representation and diversity which was brilliant to see. Really addresses the complexity of feelings and how overwhelming this can be for a child - NetGalley Reviewer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526639776
Publication date: 13th May 2021
Author: Alexandra Penfold
Illustrator: Suzanne Kaufman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Personal Social Health Economic , School Stories, Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem

About Alexandra Penfold

Alexandra Penfold has authored several children's books in the US including Eat, Sleep, Poop (Knopf), We Are Brothers, We Are Friends (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Science Experiments You Can Eat (Workman). She is also a literary agent, and one of her clients is Suzanne Kaufman. Suzanne Kaufman lives in Seattle with her husband Jonathan and two daughters. She has had a keen interest in children's books, animation and cartoons since she was a child herself. Over the years she has been an animator in special effects for Universal and Discovery, and an award-winning animator of video games. She has ...

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