What Are They Feeling?

The adventures of an empathy detective

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Pub Date Sep 12 2024 | Archive Date Sep 12 2024

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It’s important to think about what others might be feeling, so we can understand the people around us better and be a good friend. But sometimes it can be difficult to guess what someone else might be feeling, or their emotions may not be what we expect.

What Are They Feeling? takes children on an exploration of the feelings of others. We follow Detective Feelings as they look for clues about how someone is feeling through their expression, body language and the situation. Are they smiling or frowning? What is happening around them? Has someone else been telling a joke or saying something a bit mean?

We discover why empathy and sympathy are important, and how you can feel empathy for someone when you may not share the same experiences or problems as them, such as having to move to another country, or starting a new school.

Vibrant and amusing illustrations by award-winning illustrator Daniel Gray-Barnett bring the adventures of Detective Feelings to life.

It’s important to think about what others might be feeling, so we can understand the people around us better and be a good friend. But sometimes it can be difficult to guess what someone else might...

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Another fabulous book by The School of Life, about feelings and empathy, aimed at mainly children.
This book offers an engaging read. As most books with lots of pictures, the quality and the style of the pictures impact the reader’s experience. The illustrations have a cartoony style, that reminded me just a tad bit of the Pink Panther animated show style. It is a cross between active/action styled comic and modern digital and minimalistic illustrations. The style being fresh was a great bonus and plus, it both added a layer to the narrative and did not shine more than the content.

As for the content, it is suitable for all ages of children, but those in the later years of primary school and early teens would appreciate the most. Still a good reference book for older children, young adults, educators and adults. And a good read aloud for the younger kiddos, but they would not grasp all the concepts in the book yet. It would be more of a conversation starter and one can always discuss the pictures with the younger children.

This book is structured in a way that the information becomes more nuanced, layered and detailed gradually. Hence the earlier pages can be shared with the small ones. That is what I enjoyed most about this book. For my child, we will need to read it a few times for the nuances to be grasped. I liked the gentle reminders, the conversation around assuming people’s feelings, judging them for their feelings or pressuring them to feel something else. The book covers some really important and annoying situations many adults still find themselves in. More over, it does not claim to be more than what it is. This is different from some other lovely books out there that depict and explain basic common feelings. This is more specific by commenting on more difficult situations and complexities, and there is a good emphasis on empathy.

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📚 What Are They Feeling? 📚

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This is a wonderful guide to the feelings of those around us. It teaches children to look for clues about how somebody could be feeling. I really liked the way it explained how we can never truly know how someone is feeling, a point that was reiterated throughout the book.

The book tackles the difficult task of explaining the difference between sympathy and empathy. The explanations are incredibly clear but also highlight how tricky this skill this!

I love the illustrations that go with the book. This is definitely one that I will be using with the classes in school to further develop our work on emotional intelligence.

This is a review copy from @netgalley but all views are my own.

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Thank you NetGalley and The School of Life for the early access copy of What Are They Feeling?

What Are They Feeling? is an engaging tool to teach how to look for clues on how someone else might be feeling. It tackles topics like the difference between sympathy and empathy, how body language and situations can indicate how someone is feeling, but also that there are other factors, and feelings can be tricky. Using a "Feelings Detective" to help decipher the different emotions and expressions, this book can be used as a tool for school aged children to have a better understanding on those around them.

What Are They Feeling? has colorful and engaging illustrations that will catch the readers' eye. This book will be a great resource for educators and school libraries.

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This book will be perfect to use in my classroom! Highly recommend for kiddos who need more emotional awareness.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!

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Kids will love Detective Feelings.

"What Are They Feeling?" takes children on a journey of empathy through the adventures of Detective Feelings, who teaches them to identify emotions by observing expressions, body language, and situations. The book emphasizes the importance of empathy and sympathy, even in situations where experiences differ. An added bonus are Daniel Gray-Barnett's vibrant illustrations, which bring the story to life, making it an engaging and educational read for children.

Thank you School of Life and NetGalley for this ARC.

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