Author: Cornelia Maude Spelman Illustrator: Kathy Parkinson
Age Level: 4-8 years
Publishers: Albert Whitman Company
When children experience joy or excitement, adults validate these positive feelings by responding to them. What happens when children develop uncomfortable and possibly challenging emotions? How can we adults respond and help them handle these emotions?
The Way I Feel series are picture books written to help children understand their emotions. When I Feel Sad is from this series.
There are many reasons for a child to feel sad. Being left out of play, an injury, not finding a favorite toy, ignored for a brief moment, what may seem inconsequential to us can be monumental for very young children.
When I Feel Sad is a resource for parents and teachers as they help young children understand that it is natural to feel in certain circumstances. In the book, Cornelia Maude Spelman highlights several instances when children feel sad. She reassures them that it is a passing emotion and that there are ways to handle it.
The language is very simple and reassuring to little kids. The illustrations are colorful and non-threatening.