Kelly Bear Feelings is an easy to read book for children ages 3-9. Through the use of this adorable green bear, children can relate to the different feelings that he/she describes easily and without it being threatening or scary. The book is clearly written and easy to understand for children. After each of the feelings are described and when the bear experiences them, there are questions to help you, as a parent or therapist, to encourage conversation, which will be candid and insightful for parents and teachers.
Often times, our children act out because of feelings they are unable to verbalize, but this book gives a label to the feelings that our children are having and unable to communicate. Parents, teachers and therapists who use this book will find it to be a great outlet for young, sensitive and anxious children who may feel that they are the ‘only ones’ who feel the way that Kelly Bear has described in this book. Giving words to the experiences and the moments when a child is feeling left out, for example, will now give the child the language to be able to express himself more clearly, which is both relieving and empowering.
As a Child Psychologist in private practice, I plan on using this book with the children with whom I work, and will recommend it to parents as well!