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Readers can relate to the situations in which this little guinea pig feels sad.  The little pig learns how to take actions to help her feel better, and eventually our heroine realizes that feeling sad doesn’t last forever.

Included in the 2003 edition of “The Best Children’s Books of the Year” by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College, and winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, this addition to “The Way I Feel” series of picture books aims to help children identify and manage their emotions and relate successfully to others.

School Library Journal wrote:

“An excellent note to parents and teachers precedes this story, in which a guinea pig lists situations that cause her to feel sad. “I feel sad when someone won’t let me play, or when I really want to tell about something and nobody listens.” Children will relate to her feelings and the accompanying illustrations will draw them in to the story. Artwork done with soft lines and muted colors reflects the mood and conveys the emotions of this forlorn little creature. All of the characters, clad in patterned clothing, are charmingly rendered. Readers are reassured that “everyone feels sad sometimes,” that there are ways to feel better, and that sadness eventually goes away. This is a well-constructed and useful resource for family and classroom sharing.”

Illustrated by Kathy Parkinson / Ages 3-6/ Softcover ISBN 9780807588994 / $6.99

 

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