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Reviewers' Comments

About The Way I Act

"Like a charACTer dictionary for kids with behavior words and explanations that are simple and easy to understand. I used it just this week to help a third-grade student who was in the office for discipline set behavior goals.

"I asked him what his favorite page was, and after he showed me, I invited him to predict which was my favorite and asked him to explain why. He picked 'responsible' as likely my favorite because 'kids with character are good at doing the right thing.' While I agree with him that this is a very important page, I'd have to say that [it's] a tie between 'compassionate' and 'trustworthy' for my two faves!

"The perfect follow-up ACTivity would be to encourage students to make their own The Way I Act books by picking out traits that they consider strengths as well as selecting a few attributes that they could work on and improve upon in their own lives.

"Oh, and as a bonus in the back of the book, there's a 'Note To Parents' from the author and illustrator that'll give you five concrete ways to help kids turn these traits from simple words into actual actions."
—Barbara Gruener, The Corner on Character, whose blog post prompted several responses from readers:
"Examining various [traits] and the connecting vocabulary sounds like an activity I can incorporate weekly in early ed classrooms. Both children and adults will take away valuable lessons."
"This sounds like a good book for our detention boys. And I really like the cover. Bright and curious."
"We need good books about character, behavior, manners, and attitudes."

"The perfect book for teachers to use for a read aloud, not only to mention and introduce character words to students, but also to mention adjectives to young readers and increase their vocabulary with words such as "persistent" and "cooperative". . . In today's society, there are few books written on a young child's level that address character education. This book does a superb job in mentioning character education words that encourage children to be good citizens, not only in school, but in their community as well."
2nd Grade Reading
"The Way I Act is an enjoyable exploration of what it may be like to behave in certain ways. The door is opened for discussion about the consequences of behavior. . ..The friendly verses and bold illustrations convey to the reader many positive ideas of how to act in a variety of situations. . ..The kids will delight in illustrator Janan Cain's vivid depiction of each character trait. Don't pass this one up."
—Books That Heal Kids

About The Way I Feel

"Perfect to share with all the early readers you care about."
"Strong, colorful, and expressive images by Janan Cain perfectly showcase her imaginative text introducing children to the words they need to name their feelings. The Way I Feel is an original, informative, highly entertaining and recommended picturebook for personal, school, and community library collections."
Children's Book Watch
"From scared to shy, bored to jealous, Cain covers the emotional waterfront . . ."
Publisher's Weekly
"The Way I Feel somehow manages to stress the importance of recognizing your feelings, without preaching. The illustrations are just plain funny."
ForeWord This Week
"[Janan Cain] has achieved her goal of giving children the language to express their emotions—not only through her choice of words but through the use of provocative colors, mood-enhancing illustrations, and the font and flow of the words, some of which weave, stagger or twirl themselves across the page."
Contemporary Pediatrics
"Cleverly color-coded moods ('anger' in red, 'bored' in muted tones) invite children to consider their own emotions and the colors they might choose to represent them."
Young Children
The Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
"A unique picturebook about human feelings, what they are and how they are all part of our human experience and makeup. The strong and expressive images showcase the superbly crafted verse text."
Midwest Book Review
"The rhymes and illustrations give children a way to articulate emotions they're just beginning to understand and give parents a way to begin a dialogue on feelings."
Eastside Parent
"Cain is particularly good on feelings that are hard to explain but carry an emotional wallop for the young set (and, let's be honest, for their parents, too) . . . like frustration, boredom and jealousy."
Adoptive Families
"Emphasizes a normally overlooked aspect of the child's development—getting in touch with their feelings."
Westfield Leader and Times of Scotch Plains
"The Way I Feel helps children understand what they are feeling and lets them know that it's okay to experience all of these emotions. . . . beautifully bright and color illustrations . . ."
"Charming book . . ."
Seattle Times

About Así me siento yo

"Whether or not you speak Spanish, this book makes it easy to follow along by color-coding emotions. My toddlers readily picked up on the story. . .from the pictures, despite not knowing Spanish. Así me siento yo is a great way for parents and children to connect, and to enhance a parent's ability to respond with sensitivity to his child. . . .May help to open up otherwise closed communication lines, giving children the tools to articulate their feelings toward stress. . ., such as a move, parental separation, or strains in young friendships."
—The Attached Family

What Professionals Say:

"I am a sexual abuse counselor for children. I have been using this book to help Pre-K through second graders learn how to label their feelings. . ..The children I work with love the pictures and respond very well to the learning experience. . ..We facilitators love the book and most of us use it with our clients."
"This is by far the best book I have ever found to address the concept of emotions for young children. I use this as a speech language pathologist in preschool classrooms with typically developing children and with those with disabilities."
"Exactly what I was looking for! I work in children's mental health and have been looking for a book that was simple and accurate in describing different emotions. This is the first I have found that meets my goal. I absolutely love it!"
"A must-have for children's libraries. I can't urge you enough to purchase this book for children. Each page depicts a feeling through color, prose, type font, and illustration. And the feelings the author chose are richly diverse—more than the typical sad, mad. . ."
"Finally, we have a resource which teaches children to articulate what they feel! . . . As an educator, I give it high marks for its use of standard language, neither outdated nor slang, and for illustrations which portray both gender and ethnic diversity."
—Phyllis Gorman
The Robert Crown Center for Health Education
"My daughter is now 2 years old, and thanks to The Way I Feel, already uses words like disappointed and jealous in the right context!"
—Natalie Anderson
Clinical psychologist
Recommended by the scientists and counselors writing in Child and Adolescent Therapy: Cognitive-behavioral Procedures and by such special needs programs as:
—Educational Neuroscience Lab, Simon Fraser University
—National Center on Homelessness
—Domestic Violence Committee Coordinated Response Team, Kent County, MI
—Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts
—Southern Alberta Shared Mental Health Care
—Community Outreach programs, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
The Way I Feel is recommended reading for prospective foster and adoptive parents in Larimer County CO, and it is included in the "Coping" reading list of the Southern Adirondack Library System and the "Life, Loss and Grief" recommended reading of the American Red Cross.

What Educators Tell Us:

"An awesome book. . .Good for teachers to add to classroom libraries because it raises so many discussion questions."
"This colorful picture book is one of the best to help young children learn about emotions and how to deal with them. . .Explains the many different and complex emotions we feel. . .and enables children to understand that emotions are okay. . .In addition to the great pictures, this book gives children a handle on some very useful vocabulary."
—Teachers' Favorite Children's Books,
"Recommended for reading aloud. . .Both the adults who read and the children who listen will feel a sense of the emotion that is described through the colorful drawings and unique rhymes."
—Texas Association of School Boards
"The kids love to demonstrate what they've learned from the book by both performing and watching each other act out emotions."
—Heads Up, an academic enrichment and mentoring program for children in low-income Washington, D.C. neighborhoods
"Fabulous word book about emotions."
—Wilcox Elementary School, Springfield IL
"Offers the vocabulary children need to understand and express feelings."
—West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ready to Learn Service
"A unique book. . .engaging illustrations. . ."
—Idaho Public Television
"I teach at a preschool. . .At least one child in my class requests this book every single day!"
Jurors in the Teachers' Choice awards program added:
—"I'm very impressed with this book and its potential for class or individual input."
—"Helps build character and vocabulary."
—"Draws you in and leaves you with a positive, upbeat feeling."

Here's What Parents Say:

About The Way I Act

"I adore this book. It really helps adults discuss concepts with kids that aren't easily explained. The book does this through artwork, verse and color."
"This book is full of great concepts that are easy for kids to grasp. . .and remember. I use this book with my little girl who enjoys the pictures and appreciates hearing the gentle messages from someone other than me!"
"The kids will delight in illustrator Janan Cain's vivid depiction of each character trait. Don't pass this one up. Fabulous way to teach important character traits."

About The Way I Feel

"I love it because it explains many different and complex emotions we feel and enables children to relate to and to understand that emotions are OK . . . Thank you, Janan Cain, for helping us communicate effectively and avert many a temper tantrum."
"A wonderfully illustrated and descriptive book that will help children learn to recognize and name feelings . . . My son started out grumpy when we began to read last night and by the end of the book he was giggling, happy and having fun making funny faces to match the feelings that were described in the book."
"Our daughter loved the pictures right away and we appreciated the ideas in the back for discussing feelings and how to handle them."
"My preschooler son and toddler twins loved the pictures in The Way I Feel when we first received the book, but it became especially valuable after we moved from Seattle to Chicago and our 4-year-old had to leave behind everything that was familiar—his grandparents, his friends, his preschool, his neighborhood. Now we read this book every night and it's become key to getting feedback about how he's settling into his new home."
"A must have for young readers. . .Explains the world within."
"One reason the book is so awesome is the last page, which has a note to parents encouraging them to discuss situations that cause certain emotions—and then offers tips on how to talk about dealing with [the emotions]."
"The best book I've seen for helping kids teach what emotions are. . .the author seems to have an innate understanding of how to communicate something to children, something I had no idea how to approach. . ."

Here's What Children Tell Us:

"My mom used to read The Way I Feel to me because I would never talk to her about my feelings. . ..This book has helped me with my own feelings and how to express them to people. [Now] I know that I can talk to my mom about how I feel. Even though they are not her feelings and she doesn't understand all of them, she can still listen to me."
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