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Book Review and Giveaway: Our Emotions and Behavior by Sue Graves. Ends Sept 10th

Big feelings are part of daily life for small kids, and happiness just isn’t always within reach. Unwelcome events, from a broken toy to a missing pet, bring on sad feelings that can darken kids’ days. In this charming feelings book, follow along as Ben helps cheer up his friends and shows how kids can turn sadness into smiles.

My Review: We welcome another great picture book series from Free Spirit Publishing called “Our Emotions and Behaviors” written by Sue Graves and illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini.

These wonderful books will help young children with the help of their parents understand and recognize their feelings and behavioral actions with themselves and others. 

I’m Not Happy. The story is about helping others who feel unhappy. Meet Ben a boy who doesn’t like to see his friends say and unhappy. He goes out of his way to help them fix broken toys; help Molly find her lost dog.  Then it was time for Ben to visit his grandmother and his mother told him to wear the sweater his grandmother made for him, Ben wasn’t happy at all as the sweater was too big and scratchy. When he saw that his grandmother was delighted to see him in the sweater it made Ben feel happy too. This book is about exploring ways we can help others feel better when they are sad. The last page of the book gives positive ideas to children on how to deal with sadness and strategies for overcoming things that make children unhappy. I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching.


But Why Can’t I? When Jenny came over to babysit Noah and his baby sister Rosie they were given a set of rules by Noah’s mom. They had to be in bed at7 o’clock and listen to Jenny. They had to follow the rules.  But Noah didn’t want to follow the rules because it thinks rules are silly. He refused to look both side of the crossway when crossing the road to the park, he wouldn’t take turns playing a board game and when it was time to go to bed he wanted to stay up late. “But why can’t I? Jenny explained that adults follow rules too. And that rules are important to follow to help keep people safe and healthy.  Jenny also went on to explain why she had to follow rules at her job (my thought: That example wasn’t relevant to a child as young as Noah as he is too young to know about the rules Jenny had to follow at her job).

We know how hard it is for children to follow rules. But this book shows the important about talking to their children about why rules need to be followed. A great example was given at the last two pages of a picture story about a girl Emma dropping her can of drink on the path and a boy tripping over it and fell. What did Emma do? I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching.


Who Feels Scared? Jack’s friendsRavi and Kevin were very excited to be having a sleepover at his house. But while playing in his room they heard a noise and his friends were scared they hid thinking I was a lion or tiger. But Jack wasn’t afraid because he knew it was Gus, the dog. Then they heard a noise from Jack’s closet and they thought it was a monster and they were really scared. They talked about things that made they scared like scary story, fireworks and noisy from big air planes. This book helps reassure children that they can cope with their fears and be brave. I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching.


Not Fair, Won’t Share.  Some children do not like to share even when the toy isn’t theirs. This cause the other child to show emotions of hurt, anger and frustration, this happens when a child is unwilling to share. When Miss Clover builds a space station in her classroom she said only three children could play at a time but everyone wanted to play at once. She decided it would be best to draw names in a hat and the first three names will take turns and share. Nora, Henry and Dan were up first and Nora when for the boots, helmet and started pulling all the levers, buttons and didn’t want to share with Dan or Henry. This book shows playing fair and sharing with others can be fun. In my opinion, “Our Emotions and Behavior” series are a good choice for parents to use with their children because of the positive message they bring! I highly recommend this book for parents and classroom teaching. The illustrations are simple and show each of the character feels and emotions about what is happening in each story.

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Ages: 4 – 8

Pages: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from free spirit publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


Contest/Giveaway (US ONLY)

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The winner will have a choice to select any I book from the series. Free Spirit Publishing will mail a copy of your choice to you.

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Giveaway Ends September 10th  @ 12 noon

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August 24, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , ,


  1. It’d be a difficult choice to pick from these books. All have a pertinent message; sharing for my grandsons is the best one!

    Comment by Nicole Sender | August 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. These would be great for my daughter!

    Comment by jessica edwards | August 24, 2011 | Reply

  3. These books remind me of my son! He loves to huff at me: “I’m not happy!” when I make him mad! These look like they would really help him put into words how he is feeling, which would be so helpful for ME to understand what HE’s going through:) Thanks so much for always having such great giveaways!!

    Comment by Julie Witt | August 24, 2011 | Reply

  4. The book “Not Fair, Won’t Share” would be perfect for my grandson who is an only child. This is something that he must learn before he starts attending Kindergarten.

    Comment by Christine W | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. All of these books sound wonderful with life lessons that all children would bnefit from. My granddaughter is in that Mine, Mine, MIne mode so the one about sharing would definitely be good for her. I would love to be able to share it with her.

    countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

    Comment by Tracy Smith | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. It is hard to choose between these titles, they are so appropriate for all young children and the stages they go thru! Thank you for having this contest. If I won and could only choose one I think I would choose the NOT FAIR WON’T SHARE book for a little boy who is 4 and an only child to prepare him better for when friends come over to play. my email if I win is

    Comment by Yvonne Woodstock/EARTHANGEL2B | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  7. We need to read but why can’t I? My 6 year old has gained a new personality of I can do what I want when I want. I think reading a book about the way she acts might help her relate to how she has been.

    Comment by Larissa | August 26, 2011 | Reply

  8. I’d have to chose “But Why Can’t I” because it’s a stage my grandson is definitely going through. These are great books because the emotions are so hard for younger children to share or explain. Thanks for another great giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | August 27, 2011 | Reply

  9. These would be great for my son who has Autism. I am always looking for books that teach emotions since that is one of more difficult subjects to understand. I would choose Not Fair Wont Share. laceylong27574atgmaildotcom

    Comment by Daily Woman | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  10. I know that we sure could use a book like I’m Not Happy. He’s having a tough time with expressing his feelings and realizing that other people have them, too! (And I agree about trying to tell a young child the he has to follow rules because adults do, too. Doesn’t really make sense to them.)
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

    Comment by Alicia C. | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  11. These books sound awesome for my almost for year old son. He is king of the Why? He always wants to know why he can’t do something. The sharing book would be awesome too. With a very mobile 15 month old brother in the house sharing has become a huge issue.

    Comment by Lauren S | August 31, 2011 | Reply

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