Book review - Feel a Little
When I was growing up there was a lot of talk about warm fuzzies and cold pricklies, the two representatives of any feelings we were having. But while based on the way some emotions can make you physically feel , they didn't cover other feelings I experienced as a child.
Where was the melancholy, like a cold wet blanket on my heart; or the satisfying calm of kindness or the electric tingle of excitement. Young children experience so many things that are new and overwhelming. Many feelings are so big for little people, they not only don’t know how to identify or express them, but process them either.
Fractured communities, bullying and social isolation create challenges as we try to raise resilient kids. Equipping them with tools to cope with life’s ups and downs means that more focus needs to go on understanding and encouraging communication about feelings from the get go. And that often starts with reading, and the adults in their lives.
As a new mother, I was thrilled when Mary Egan Publishing published Feel A Little: little poems about big feelings under their funky new children’s imprint ‘Little Love’. A vibrant hardcover book, Feel A Little encourages children aged 2-7 to explore and talk about their feelings.
The strong visual language and cute illustrated characters explain feelings and provide a starting point for children to explore their emotions. The book features a rainbow of 14 significant emotions – from sad and angry to happy and curious – which are discovered through lively ‘read along’ poetry and delightful illustrations.
A collaboration between long-time friends Jenny Palmer (author) and Evie Kemp (illustrator), Feel A Little was underwritten entirely through crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.
Nina loves the book. She is still a bit young to understand the words but finds the pictures engaging. She is growing fast and at present is experiencing a raft of new feelings – like frustration, curiosity and wonder – but with the aid of books like Feel A Little when she connects those sentiments with physical sensations she will have a wider dialogue to identify them.