A colorful guide to validating feelings.

Summary:

A young boy shares the different kinds of emotions he has about his mom's cancer diagnosis and treatment. He describes each emotion as a color, and affirms that it is okay to have that emotion.


Parent Perspective:
A superb choice for helping young children connect their feelings to something tangible. The message that your feelings are your own, you shouldn't feel guilty or be shamed for them, is exceptional.  Although I understand the context - and plenty of kids have family members dealing with cancer or similar illnesses - I wish that there was a more general presentation. Audiences in this age group are pretty literal, and they may not see past "mommy has cancer."

Highly recommended.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple text and lovely, bright illustrations help young children connect different emotions with different colors. The book ends by affirming that emotions are personal and valid. The story is built around a mom's cancer diagnosis, but the concept of validating a child's emotions is universal.

Content Awareness Factors:

The backstory is that a mom is being treated for cancer. Children who take content literally may be upset by this book.


Type of Book:
Colors are the "tangible" that explain different types of emotions for young children.
Educational Themes:

Although the underlying event is a parent's cancer diagnosis, the story is really about understanding different kinds of emotions and guiding children to see that what they feel is valid. The last page wraps that up well.

Connecting emotions with something tangible can help children begin to understand what they are. To help your child make their own personal connections, take each of the colors and ask your child about what "X color" feels like to them. THEN guide them to putting an emotional title on it.

Reading Level:
3.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you or a family member are dealing with cancer or a similar scary illness. This can help children see that all emotions have value.

Title Let My Colors Out
Author Courtney Filigenzi
Publisher American Cancer Society © 2009
Illustrators Shennen Bersani
ISBN 9781604430110
Material Board Book
Cost $11.95
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Health - Illness
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