Visiting Feelings

Visiting Feelings514j9vickLL__SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Visiting Feelings

Lauren Rubenstein, Ph.D., Author

Shelly Hehenberger, Illustrator

Magination Press,  Fiction, Sept. 28, 2013

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Being aware of feelings, Mindfulness,Yoga

Opening: “Do you have a feeling that’s visiting today?/Can you open your door and invite it to play?/Can you ask what it wants, and then check it out?/Welcome it and listen to what it’s about?”

Synopsis from Book Jacket: Visiting Feelings harnesses a young child’s innate capacity to fully experience the present moment. Rather than label or define specific emotions and feelings, Visiting Feelings invites children to sense, explore and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity. Children can explore their emotions with their senses and gain an understanding of how feelings can lodge in the body, as conveyed by the common expressions like “a pit in the stomach” or “a lump in the throat.”

Why I like this book: Lauren Rubenstein has written a very poetic and sensitive book that helps children explore their feelings.  I wish I had this book when my daughter was young. She encourages kids to make friends with their feelings, get to know them, and find where they settle in their body. Rubenstein cleverly uses beautiful metaphors like: “Is it bright like the sun?/Dark like the rain?/Or is it a look you can’t even explain?” and “Is it warm or cold?/Sour or sweet?/Does it shiver with fear when the two of you meet?” and “How did this feeling enter your house?/ Did it barge right in!/Was it shy like a mouse?” Shelly Hehenberger’s illustrations are whimsical and dreamy lulling the reader along and adding to the  rhythm of the story. The illustrations are created digitally using hand-painted textures and overlays.

Resources: A clinical psychologist, Rubenstein includes a double- page spread  at the end of  the book with suggestions on how to teach children to practice mindfulness and nurture their emotional intelligence.  It is all about learning to stop and be aware of the moment. This is a wonderful book for parents and educators. She also believes in teaching children yoga.  Proceeds from Visiting Feelings will be donated to the Go Give Yoga Foundation, where she teaches yoga and mindfulness to children and adolescents in Haiti.

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35 thoughts on “Visiting Feelings

  1. We’re experiencing a range of emotions with our toddler. I hope I can find this book. Thanks for sharing.

    • I love that this subject is dealt with in rhyming. The illustrations are beautiful. Such a lovely book. I think it is a great book that puts kids in touch with what they are feeling and to articulate it.

  2. I was just watching a documentary last night on the health benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Kids should definitely learn this skill while young, and the book looks like a great place to start!

    • I have a number of friends who teach children yoga and meditation. Taught young, it will become a tool for handling life issues. Needs to be enoucraged more in schools.

  3. Patricia, as a lover of rhyme (7 PBs published in rhyme) I thought the opening was wonderful. Because of the topic, I pinned your review to Book Reviews (kids to YA), and Special Needs etc, both on my Pinterest boards. Smooth meter and rhyme are hard to maintain when you also weave in a good story. Lauren Rubenstein seems well on the way to doing this. I have pinned many of your past reviews to my Pinterest boards, because your choices are always timely and worth the read.

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  4. It’s lovely to see books that encourage children to think abstractly like this. My library system doesn’t have it, but I will keep looking.

    • I hope you can find a copy. Magination Press is under the American Psychological Association, but the libraries do carry many of their books. I like what they publish!

  5. Very important for children to learn about their feelings. Developing Feeling awareness should be taught in all schools. This is an area of child development that is often overlooked.

  6. Wow, Pat! This book sounds like a valuable and much-needed addition to everyone’s book shelf! Emotions can be such tricky territory for kids, and I love the concept of a book that helps them understand what they’re feeling. Thanks so much for adding this one to our list!!!

    • I love that this the author made the topic lyrical and fun. It isn’t didactic, but very appealing for children. I think it’s a great addition to our PPBF list.

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