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The Resource In my heart : a book of feelings, by Jo Witek ; illustrated by Christine Roussey

In my heart : a book of feelings, by Jo Witek ; illustrated by Christine Roussey

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In my heart : a book of feelings
Title
In my heart
Title remainder
a book of feelings
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by Jo Witek ; illustrated by Christine Roussey
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
A young girl explores what different emotions feel like, such as happiness which makes her want to twirl, or sadness which feels as heavy as an elephant
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Review
  • PreS-Gr 1 — Although this picture book exploration of feelings takes a similar list-and-describe approach to that of Jamie Lee Curtis's Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day (HarperCollins, 2007) and Dr. Seuss's My Many-Colored Days (Knopf, 1998), don't count that against it. The approach still works, especially when the feelings evoked have such child-friendly imagery ("My heart is yelling, hot and loud," the child narrator explains). The book pairs brief verbal explorations of emotions with evocative imagery, popping with bright colors against the effectively used white background. Throughout the representative illustrations—a bright yellow star to represent happiness, an elephant to represent sadness, a silhouette of the Big Bad Wolf to represent fear—a series of heart cutouts, ever decreasing in size, appears on the pages, until the heroine is able to find her feelings everywhere.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD --Kathleen Kelly MacMillan (Reviewed December 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 12, p116)
  • Concentric heart-shaped die-cuts are the centerpiece of this elegantly designed book about emotions, first published in France. An expressive pencil-drawn child uses relatable similes and metaphors to describe her various feelings: “Some days my heart feels as heavy as an elephant. There’s a dark cloud over my head, and tears fall like rain. This is when my heart is sad.” A featureless gray-blue elephant sprays water on the girl from its trunk, which swoops toward her from across the spread. Elsewhere, a red cross symbolizes a broken heart in need for healing (dressed as a nurse, the girl wraps the cross with a bandage), and the girl appears as Red Riding Hood, pursued by a wolf, to demonstrate fear. Witek covers an impressive emotional range while Roussey’s childlike drawings evoke each feeling with playful style. Ages 2–4. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 10, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 45, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Vibrant die cuts, whimsical drawings, and a text that explores a wide range of feelings with just the right touches of imagination and wit combine for a most impressive picture-book experience. Readers will be attracted right away to the rainbow hues of the multilayered die-cut hearts that recede inward from the cover. The device entices readers to turn the page and enter into an exploration of emotion. An expressive girl explains: "My heart is like a house, with all these feelings living inside." On the facing page, the shape of a house surrounds the interior die-cut hearts. With each page turn, emotions from happiness to sadness, bravery to fear, anger to calm are displayed. Witek expertly utilizes similes to help young readers grasp the concepts; a bright yellow star represents happiness, but a red cross with a bandage on it is emblematic of a broken heart when feelings have been hurt. When the girl's heart is "silly," she is "like a bouncy bunny." At other times her heart is "as heavy as an elephant" or hopeful, "like a plant reaching toward the sky." As the pages turn, the hearts get smaller and smaller, until the final spread shows a garden with dozens of hearts. Readers are left to answer a question: "How does your heart feel?" Consider this beautifully designed French import a must-have for any storytime or one-on-one sharing regarding the somewhat sticky subject of feelings. (Picture book. 3-8)(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2014)
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10386764
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1968-
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Witek, Jo
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
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Roussey, Christine
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True
Series statement
Growing hearts
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Emotions
Target audience
preschool
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a book of feelings
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In my heart : a book of feelings, by Jo Witek ; illustrated by Christine Roussey
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"Originally published in French in 2013 under the title Dans mon petit coeur by Editions de La Martiniere, a division of La Martiniere Groupe, Paris."
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volume
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Control code
000052189961
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
26 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781419713101
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Label
In my heart : a book of feelings, by Jo Witek ; illustrated by Christine Roussey
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in French in 2013 under the title Dans mon petit coeur by Editions de La Martiniere, a division of La Martiniere Groupe, Paris."
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Control code
000052189961
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
26 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781419713101
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
colour illustrations

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