(Eng) An Emotional Menagerie (Hardcover) / School of life


A Glossary of Feelings from A-Z


A Glossary of Feelings from A-Z

Children experience all sorts of emotions, sometimes going through several very different ones before breakfast. Yet they can struggle to put these feelings into words. An inability to understand and communicate their moods can lead to bad behaviour, deep frustration and a whole host of difficulties further down the line.

Emotions are like animals:
No two are quite the same.
Some are gentle; others, fierce;
And some are hard to tame.

An Emotional Menagerie is an emotional glossary for children. A book of 26 rhyming poems, arranged alphabetically, that bring our feelings to life – Anger, Boredom, Curiosity, Dreaminess, Embarrassment, Fear, Guilt, and more.

Filled with wise, therapeutic advice and brought to life through musical language and beautiful illustrations, An Emotional Menagerie is an imaginative and universally appealing way of increasing emotional literacy.

Editorial Reviews
California Reading Association’s 2021 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards - Gold Award Winner
Featured in The Independent's 10 best kids’ motivational books that educate and inspire.

"At a time of huge uncertainty, this is an engaging way to get young children to talk about their emotions."– The Independent

"[E]specially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library Life Skills collections for children ages 5-11."–Midwest Book Review

"Prepare to learn, about animals, poetry and emotion, to be absorbed by the illustration and the words and to explore a beautiful menagerie. This is a book which explores some complex and difficult emotions in a very accessible style that you could start reading to younger children, leave for older children to explore alone and come back to time after time, year after year. A stunning book for the whole family to enjoy." – Armadillo Children’s Books

"Friendly and accessible… a great starting point for a discussion about emotions" – Youth Services Book Review

"Imaginative and informative. It’s a book I would recommend for 7+, to share and read together and dip into as there is so much to discuss, ask questions and explore in each individual poem to develop vocabulary and understanding of emotions." – Jo Bowers, Just Imagine

"I recently found An Emotional Menagerie and this book is perfect for all age groups. We are focusing on social emotional health and ways to help our kinders understand their emotions!! This books is perfect for that!" – Kelly Haynes, @fromkindergartenwithlove

***Readers are saying:***

"An Emotional Menagerie is a thoughtful and engaging collection of images and poems to help young readers understand and handle their own emotions, through a clever concept, gentle verse, and imaginative illustrations."

"This was such a delightful book. I want to keep it as a classroom book for my fifth graders to read through and then also read it to my 4 year old over and over. The rhymes are simple but introduce some big words in each one. It’s perfect for kids of all ages as they grow and grapple with their own emotions."

"Let's start off with this title. It deserves a round of applause! Full of 26 emotions, one for each letter of the alphabet, this book is written to expand vocabularies and grow emotional literacy. Each emotion has an accompanying poem and animal illustration that children will be able to tie together to make a full picture of how to temper or embrace each emotion."

"An Emotional Menagerie is an essential addition to every library's Children's collection. The beautiful illustrations and poetry within the book discuss important and difficult themes."

"These are poems about the different emotions. From a parent/teacher standpoint, I liked that they tell the emotion, give a small physical description of what the emotion might feel like, and then give you an idea of how to pass through the emotion. I could see a teacher focusing on 2-3 poems a day and using them to make text to self-connections with students. This would be an excellent book for that!"

"This is a fantastic book that teaches about emotions in healthy way. The illustrations are beautiful and make the book engaging. The book is beautifully written. I love how the author gives detailed explanations of each emotion as well as different words to describethat particular emotion. I highly recommend this to families and people with children to assist in teaching about emotions."


Product details
Publisher ‏ : ‎ The School of Life; Illustrated edition (April 6, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 60 pages
ISBN‏ : ‎ 9781912891245
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 +
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.25 x 0.75 x 10.5 inches
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