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Ollie Feels Fine

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Ollie feels fine is a great book to teach kids about their emotions. Ollie the octopus is visiting his friends at sea. Different scenarios have him felling different ways. This is a colorful book that young kids will love.
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The goal of this book is to look at emotions and how they might represent in life, or in this case in the life of a starfish.  It is a very simple book.  Ollie feels fine, he feels afraid, etc.  But rarely do they give a reason for this feeling.  The reader is to infer from the pictures, but as a book designed for the youngest, I think the wording on the reason needs to be there.
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Ollie the Octopus starts his day feeling fine. But things that bothered him arrive, and he has these feelings far from being fine. Afraid, mad, scared, and also happy. Overwhelmed by these feelings, his friend came to the rescue. 

As little kids might not be able to identify their feelings, this book will help them understand better, and it is OK to feel as such.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Highly recommend for talking about emotions with kids. I loved the expressions each of the characters had throughout the book. The illustrations were super cute and matched the text really well. Overall, a good short read.
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With a big day in store you can be sure there is many different feelings. Ollie the octopus and Stella the star fish are spending the day on the beach. There are feelings of fear, anger, happiness, grumpiness, and wonder. You and your child can explore all the different feelings in all circumstances. There are more than words on pages but opportunities to good emotional health.

The pictures and the simplicity of Ollie and Stella will make them a favorite.

A special thank you to Sasquatch Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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Going through different emotions that Ollie the octopus is feeling, this book will be great for kids to get better in touch with their own emotions. I liked the colorful and simple illustrations that did not detract from Ollie's feelings.
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Ollie is an adorable multi-coloured octopus who is trying to understand his feelings.  This delightful board book takes us through a day where his feelings run the gamut and he feels overwhelmed by them.  Luckily he has a good fried, Stella, who is a starfish, and she assures him that everyone has feelings and its okay to feel the way he does. 

For Ollie his feelings are the result of cause and affect:  when a big wave entangles him he is surprised, when a big shark gets too close he feels afraid, when he feels sad his Stella wraps him in a big hug which made him feel happy, just to name a few.  Ollie is blessed to have such a good friend who tells him that  "Friends always feel good when they can help each other."  

"Ollie Feels Fine" can spark conversations about feelings and how they are natural and normal to all.  Kids will observe how Ollie changes colour to highlight the emotion he is experiencing.  The artwork is colourful, very kid-friendly and relatable. The story is simple and the message is informative and positive.  I highly recommend this book.
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In Ollie Feels Fine, a cute little octopus spends a day at the seaside feeling a whole lot of feelings, and discovering that it's okay to feel many things, even if some of them aren't just 'fine.' It's a sweet idea, teaching very young children about emotional intelligence, but the language seems particularly simple even for this young age group, without a lot of playfulness or engaging patterns in the language use, and the illustrations are similarly kind of flat and straightforward. In short, Ollie Feels Fine is just - fine. There's not really anything remarkable about it, but it's certainly not bad.

Thank you to NetGalley and Sasquatch Books for the advance review copy!
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This is a cute picture book about Ollie, an octopus with a lot of feelings. Colorful and bright illustrations match the tone of the story. Good for early discussions about feelings and how to handle different types of emotions. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Toni Yuly (author) for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Review to come January 30th to blog/Goodreads.

I received this picture book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

A book about feelings, how appropriate given how my emotions/feelings are all over the place, even more so with corona lurking around. The book looked and sounded cute so I decided this was going to be my next read. 

In this book we meet Ollie. Hi Ollie! He is an octopus and in this book he shows a lot of emotions and all in one day. Yep, it is a rollercoaster day for Ollie. I definitely wanted to give him a hug after all that happened. I liked the story and seeing Ollie go through his day, however, I do feel that the transition between pages and feelings/emotions could have gone better. It worked fine the first pages, for instance the transition from wave to being thrown on the beach made sense, but seeing Ollie go from mad at the shark to a rainbow to what comes after just felt a bit weird. I get that the author wants to show a lot of emotions, but this just felt a bit too stuffed/too forced. 

But I did love see Ollie change colour with each emotion. From his normal blue-ish/green-ish colour to red when angry to blue when sad. He also shows his emotions with his face, but I am sure for kids it works even better to show emotions with colours. That way it just POPS out more. 

I liked the friendship between Stella and Ollie, that was just so sweet. Loved how Stella was always there for Ollie. 

The art was simple, but I did like it. It was quite cute. 

All in all, a pretty good read and I am happy I had the chance to read it!
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Adorable little book about feelings and how none of them are "bad." Great way to start discussing emotions and how to properly handle them with little kids. The artwork is cute and colorful, and I think the addition of new colors for new emotions will help give kids an extra tool when they maybe lack the words to express themselves - sometimes it's easier to say "I feel pink" than to say "I feel scared." I'll be picking this up for my nieces when it comes out!
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Ok!!! This book is so sweet & so cute!! The perfect way to teach your Littles all about their emotions! Ollie is adorable & I love all his little sea friends! The book itself is bright & happy & easy to read!! Great job!
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Short and sweet with great illustrations. This is a great starter book for having conversations with children about feelings.
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Another adorable title from Yuly - I'm a fan of all of his board books, and this one is no exception! Super cute and baby-friendly.
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A lovely and visual concept for a complicated topic (how do you teach emotions?). The illustrations provide an engaging mix of childlike simplicity and texture that would definitely appeal to my little one. I especially liked the mixed-up colors for when Ollie was experiencing so many emotions. Very sweet!
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Ollie Feels Fine by Toni Yuly is a cute book about an octopus named Ollie who learns about his emotions with the help of his friend Stella the starfish.  Ollie learns that it is okay to feel different emotions when things happen throughout the day.  He even learns that it is okay to not feel okay and that sometimes we need our friends to help us.  I love that Ollie changes colors as he experiences the gamut of emotions.  This is a concrete  example for children.  I think this would be wonderful to read to preschool age children.  As a elementary special education teacher (self contained autism), I can see using this in my classroom to help teach social skills and to help students understand their emotions and how to deal with those emotions behaviorally.
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What an adorable and creative way to show how you feel then by through an octopus that changes colors when their emotions change. Children have multiple emotions throughout the day and this is a great way for them to identify what they feel, but associating the color with the feeling and visa versa. Such a sweet book. Will be reading this to my class over and over again
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This is an adorable board book with very bright colors and simple words. I like how it goes through emotions and Ollie changes colors.
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I read this book last night with my three-year-old daughter and she loved it

As a parent I love the idea behind the book and the way that the book and be used to help children talk about their feelings too.  A great idea and I loved the simplicity of the message and how well the story came across.

It is 5 stars from me for this one, well written, lovely illustrations – very highly recommended!
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OLLIE FEELS FINE is a truly adorable children’s board book that helps kids deal with emotions. In the story, Ollie the octopus struggles with overwhelming feelings. His friend Stella the starfish helps him as they discuss emotions together. Young readers can relate as they see Ollie’s colors change with his feelings. A simple message but so healing as it boosts children’s emotional intelligence. 

5 of 5 Stars

Pub Date 02 Feb 2021
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Thanks to the author, Sasquatch Books and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.
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