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My Zoo

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I loved this story!! I love that the emotions are compared to animals.  I loved the variety of emotions as well - not just the ones that are found in every book about emotions.
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My Zoo is a story about feelings. I love the connection between each feeling and a specific type of animal. It makes visualizing and understanding certain feelings much easier for young children who are still navigating new emotions in their lives. This is a great resource for caretakers and educators of young children to help them understand that all feelings have their time and place and they aren't something that we should be ashamed of or try to hide. We all have a zoo of feelings inside of us, however young or old! 

Sometimes it's difficult for young children to communicate and verbalize feelings that they haven't felt strongly before but this story gives them a different option, Instead of saying that they're jealous or sad, they could say that their jaguar or panda are with them today. it allows children to open themselves for conversations about their feelings and also allows caretakers and educators a means to helping them in a friendly way.

Thank you NetGalley and Magination Press for the advanced copy. Excited to get a physical copy for my school library soon. All opinions are my own.
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A great way to help children understand and explain how they are feeling. Also helps communication between child and adult with sweet rhymes.
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Representation: 10
Story: 10
Illustration: 10

What a great book to help children label their emotions! I loved how it compares each feeling to an animal, making it easier for children to understand and recognize their feelings. I'll be using it with my students for sure. I just wish it came out sooner!

** Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review. **
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We ALL have zoos inside us!!
A wonderful resource to teach and help younger children learn about and become aware of their feelings and emotions. In order to help young children, build emotional regulation skills they must first learn identify and become aware of their own feelings. This book is a fun and easy way for young kids to gain that knowledge and understanding.

I love this line from the book referring to feeling: “While some are fun to be around, some just need their space.” This is such an important lesson. That all feelings are OK to feel and some…just need some time and space to feel and get through.


Grateful to have received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley & American Psychological Association, Magination Press
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I love this book! The idea of pairing a animal with our emotions is amazing. I feel this gives kids a better description of how their feeling when they can’t express it physically. I feel like a “sloth” today. I would recommend this book to every child and parent.
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As a kindergarten teacher, I’m always looking for great social emotional books- so I was so excited to receive this ARC from NetGalley! Oftentimes, these books are too wordy for young children with short attention spans. This was a rare exception! It was concise, engaging, and bright! I’m also a huge fan of the fact that it validated EVERY feeling we face- it normalized anger, embarrassment, even jealousy. With such clear and relatable visuals, this would be something I could refer back to often with my class. It even lends itself to teaching metaphor!
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What a sweet little read aloud! I love the focus on identifying and naming feelings. Each emotion is linked to an animal, giving young readers a great visual representation. The catchy rhyme and adorable illustrations, make this a must-have for all elementary classrooms, and home book collections!
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Very sweet. Adorable illustrations. I would absolutely recommend this book for learning how to understand emotions. This gives lovely words to abstract concepts and in the vein of Inside Out gives something tangible for children to use to describe how they are feeling. It also explains that all of these feelings are ok to have and some days they are bigger than others. I also thought the rhyming was lovely. Just a really great book. I loved it.
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Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this copy of Arc. 

Such a fun book to read! A nice concept that relating your emotions with animals make it easy for children to understand what emotions are alike. This book help children to explore their feelings and how to react about it. 

The Illustration that full of color and the rhyme are easy to understand. Suitable for pre -K and key stage 1
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This is a corky story about a young girl relating her feelings she has inside, to different types of zoo animals. Sometimes we feel several feelings at the same time and that's OK. By breaking our feelings into different animals, it makes it easier for children to identify their feelings. By using animals, we don't identify any emotions as negative or positive. I appreciated that. Each animal has time and space. Whether they're big or small, they all matter. 
This is a great book to teach children about their emotions. I would have loved to have had this when my daughter was younger. She has sensory issues and ADHD, and would easily become overwhelmed. I can see this book being helpful. I loved the illustrations! They are cute, colorful and animal expressions are easy to read. The text is fun and easy to read. The rhyming is catchy and kid friendly. 


Thank you, NetGalley and American Psychology Associations, for providing me with a digital ARC for an honest review.
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This book tells about all of the emotions a little girl has inside of her as she relates them to animals. Each emotion is recognized as ok and important, and readers are encouraged to ask an adult if they need help. The pictures are fun and interesting and the rhyming text is soothing and easy to read. I think this is the perfect book to teach about emotions in a way that young children will understand. As a grade 3 teacher I could definitely see this book in my classroom library. I think that it would be great for lessons on emotions and mental health and it would be something that my students would be able to read. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-9 range. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
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