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We Feel Happy

Written by Katie Abey

Illustrated by Katie Abey

Early Years Funny Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on We Feel Happy

An excellent introduction to feelings for the very young

We all have feelings and, as parents, it’s very important to discuss or explain them to young children. Katie Abey’s book is an excellent means to doing just that. Over bright, lively and inviting double page spreads, a host of friendly animals demonstrate different feelings, the ones that make us feel good and those that do the opposite. Short accompanying text explains what’s happening and asks questions, ‘when do you feel calm?’ or ‘do you sometimes feel shy?’ It’s a simple but clever way to open relaxed and meaningful conversations about feelings and explain how to understand and manage them. The animals themselves are quite comical and so appealing that you’ll find yourself pausing over each page to point things out or do some counting games, and it offers lots of excellent opportunities for interactive learning. A fun, funny and very useful book.

Andrea Reece

We Feel Happy Synopsis

A fantastic first book of feelings that introduces little ones to a wide range of emotions.

Why are the animals happy? What has made them feel sad? What do YOU feel excited about? We feel happy when reading our favourite book. We feel calm when we have a bath. We feel excited when we go to a party!

We Feel Happy is the perfect book for starting a conversation about feelings with children. The animals are experiencing lots of different emotions, from the hippos who are excited to visit their friends to the shark who is grumpy about brushing its teeth. Includes learning hooks such as counting, first words and recognising animals, interactive speech bubbles, prompts and ideas on how to process and understand our emotions and lots of interesting things to spot on every page.

Vibrantly illustrated by the talented Katie Abey, illustrator of We Wear Pants, We Eat Bananas and We Catch the Bus and perfect for fans of You Choose and Just Imagine.

We Feel Happy includes the feelings: happy, calm, worried, shy, curious, grumpy, sad, scared, sorry, excited and a guide written by early years specialist, Dr Helen Lewis, with lots of useful information for speaking to children about their emotions.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526619907
Publication date: 20th January 2022
Author: Katie Abey
Illustrator: Katie Abey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Funny, Personal Social Health Economic , Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem

About Katie Abey

Katie Abey is an illustrator who lives in a teeny hobbit-like house in Derbyshire with a cat, a hedgehog and a husband. Her work often features animals, and she likes using a lot of colour: this love of colour is reflected in her brightly coloured studio space and her hair, which frequently changes colour to match its surroundings. Katie's ideas and strange sense of humour perfectly suit the field of children's publishing. She has also produced stationary and greeting cards, and her illustrations have graced stores such as WHSmiths, Urban Outfitters, Paperchase and Scribbler. When Katie is not drawing awkward ...

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