The Resource How do you feel?
- How do you feel?
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- Anthony Browne
- PreS-K — "How do you feel?" asks an adorable, overall-clad monkey. The cute little primate discusses a range of emotions that children might experience in a variety of situations. Sometimes he is bored or lonely or sad. He also feels happy, curious, or surprised. He can be worried or silly, hungry or full. He is the focal point of each watercolor and gouache painting. His facial expressions, along with the palette and design of the illustrations, reflect the appropriate emotion. For example, the text, "and sometimes I feel lonely" appears on a spread of white space broken up only by a small image of the frowning monkey standing alone. He feels guilty as he stands beside a drawing on the wall, a pencil concealed behind his back. At the end of the book, the monkey asks, "How do YOU feel?" Miniatures of each preceding illustration reiterate all the feelings introduced. Although this book provides a comprehensive introduction to positive and negative emotions, the presentation is somewhat flat. As the sole character, the monkey does not interact with friends or family. He deals with his feelings on his own. For a more engaging selection, try Janan Cain's The Way I Feel (Parenting, 2000) or Aliki's Feelings (Greenwillow, 1984).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA --Linda L. Walkins (Reviewed March 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 03, p114)
- This deceptively simple book introduces an overalls-clad chimp who evokes a spectrum of emotions as he answers the titular question. Though the minimal text is forthright (“Sometimes I feel very happy... and sometimes I feel sad”), Browne’s (Me and You) nuanced watercolor and gouache pictures use body language and other cues to amplify each emotion. Crayon-box colors (temporarily) turn gray for an image of the “bored” chimp, who has abandoned his toys in a corner. Pictured against a blank white backdrop, the “lonely” animal is seen at a fraction of his normal size, hands clasped in front of him. Even the chimp’s sneakers appear to smile as he jumps for joy when happy, while his sad persona looks out glumly from a window as rain falls (indoors) and a flower droops. The chimp models 14 emotions and other feelings (like hungry and full) in total, all of which reappear in miniature on a final spread that asks readers directly how they feel, cementing the book’s usefulness as a tool to both introduce emotions and encourage discussions of readers’ feelings. Ages 3–up. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 19, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 12, p)
- Emotions are so critical to childhood that there's always room for a bright new book about them. With blue overalls, a green sweater, yellow sneakers and a trademark Browne primate face, this toddler-shaped chimp really catches the eye. He (or perhaps she, skipping the usual girl-markers like long hair) looks up at an unseen speaker, who asks, "How do you feel?" The young chimp demonstrates various feelings: "Sometimes I feel very happy… / and sometimes I feel sad"; sometimes confident, guilty, angry, silly, shy or worried. Browne uses scale, hue, facial expression and minimalist backgrounds to make each watercolor-and-gouache picture fetching in its own way. "[B]ored" shows a black-and-white spread, toys banished to a corner, mouth open in a blasé yawn. "[L]onely" shows young chimp small and far away, isolated in a vast white spread, casting a fragile shadow. On the royal-blue "sad" page, the young chimp gazes miserably out a window while raindrops fall indoors, symbolically. The last three feelings--hungry, full and sleepy--shift from emotional to physical but are certainly relevant. A final spread shows thumbnail reprints for kids to point to and name as they answer the query, "How do YOU feel?" For a younger audience than Browne's brilliantly dark, subtle pieces, this is a hearty, cheerful offering that appropriately refrains from undermining the non-cheerful emotions. (Picture book. 1-4)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012)
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