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The Way I Feel

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,684 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conv ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Parenting Press
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Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has all the feels! Well, a lot of them anyway. If I had a kidlet this is the book I’d be choosing to explore feelings with them to help them distinguish one from another.

I love that there’s no judgement about having a specific feeling and that no feeling is labelled either good or bad. Taking us on a poetic journey through silly, scared, disappointed, happy, sad, angry, thankful, frustrated, shy, bored, excited, jealous and proud, Janan Cain has created a wonderful tool to help kidle
Mariah Roze
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great way to teach children about feelings! This was a perfect book!

"Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in her/his life.
Evelyn Mauldin
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like how this book switches from emotions so quickly. Many social emotional regulation books focus on sad or upset feelings, and it can bring the whole book down. I like how this one switches from excited to disappointed to happy, so the children don't get stuck on one emotion. Additionally, the passages provide explicit descriptions of what these emotions look like. This is helpful for children who have lower social emotional skills, because they are better able to identify feelings with the ...more
Mercedes Biggs
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: moods
This book is a good book because its all about the d ifferent emotions, from when the little boy was mad, sad, jealous, happy, scared and even excited. you can read this book to children on a day you are talking about emotions or even when you may feel some kids are going through a hard time . this book just might make thier day just to let them know thier not the only one who has emotions or feels sad and mad somedays. It is a social/emotional book. My favorite part of the story was thanksful. ...more
Zequoia Hyche
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-new-favorites
I honestly and absolutely love this book!!!! Ahhhh lol, from the cover page alone, I already had a feeling that this book would be awesome. It just makes you want to open it and see what's inside. I plan on reading this book to my students, because it teaches them about language and how to express themselves. I love how it shows almost every different emotion and even captures very vivid and expressive illustrations to match each one. I truly appreciate how "The Way I Feel" introduces a wider ra ...more
Jamie L.

The book, “The Way I Feel,” by Janan Cain, is a younger version of “Feelings”, by Aliki. Both books explain with written words and beautiful, whimsy illustrations the way we feel in many situations. The emotions of story telling both authors do is factual and tangible. Janan Cain’s book is a bright illustration of exactly how we might feel when we are happy, angry, jealous, scared, or frustrated. Aliki’s book portrays the same emotions, but in an older version. I would use both boo
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Per my second graders: I liked it because it was telling you how they feel. I liked it because the mommy was playing with the baby and they lady got mad. I liked it because it shows how you feel.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: circle-stories
I really enjoyed this book! I like how the story labeled so many different emotions. I also like how they didn't label any emotion as wrong. It had such a great message!
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is very short and simple, probably best for children aged approximately 3-5. It covers a narrow range of seven emotions: silly, scared, happy, sad, angry, excited, and proud.

There is a note for parents at the end, about how to talk to kids about emotions. That note was pretty good.

For more advanced kids, I wish there was a book with a wider range of emotions, for example, adding surprised, inspired, awe-struck, frustrated, impatient, jealous, etc.

Malea Potter
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february
I liked this book because I think it would be very useful with young children. Children who are just starting to speak, but don't have the words to express their feelings often get frustrated. I have been reading some things lately about how to handle such situations and a lot of sources say that helping them learn the words to express themselves can reduce their frustration. This book has great pictures that illustrate the feelings being described. Reading it with children would help them to un ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-book
I read this to my daughter and she loved it! She is six and could identify with all of the emotions the children were feeling and she loved the one about jealousy and shyness. I definitely could appreciate the conversation that can come from a book like this where children can express how they feel in certain situations and what causes these feelings. I love the illustrations as well, and this is definitely a book for the classroom library.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All parents of preschool and young children
Shelves: kids-books
This it. This is the book I’ve been looking for. Helps kids identify emotions. You can talk about how emotions all happen and they aren’t bad but what do you do with the emotions.

Additions; interestingly the bit said today that he hated this book. I think he would rather monsters and adventures than talking about feelings.
Ebony Hargett
Cute book about feelings. There are rhyming words and emotion words surrounded by context clues. Great colorful illustrations. I would use this book for early elementary age children to teach about feelings.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Each two page spread deals with a different emotion. I have a personal bias against sing-songy verse but most young children will related to the descriptors of the feelings. Pictures do a pretty good job of conveying the emotions being described.
Samantha N
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: award-winning
1.Numerous Design Awards, Teacher Choice award 2005
Featured by:
Children's Book of the Month Club (Fall 2003)
Scholastic Book Clubs (2001–present)
Barnes & Noble "Picture Book Wall" (Summer 2003)
Discovery Toys
Books Are Fun
Target Book Pick o' the Month, April 2007

2.Pre Kindergarten- 3rd Grade

3. This brilliantly hued book is an engaging narrative that introduces the depths of emotions for ages 3-9. This colorful book explores the emotional perspective of a young girl expressing her feelings. Jana
Jeanie  {coffee girl}
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From my own book collection, I reread The Way I Feel by Janan Cain aloud with my daughter today. To be honest, I actually finished my picture book stack from our last library visit. But, I am glad that I returned to one of my favorites for this #BookaDay challenge. I have not read it since my boys were little and before the movie Inside Out was made.

Each emotion is highlighted over two pages with small text which describes it in a way a child can understand and relate to if they have had experi
Ashleigh Mitchell
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this book when I was younger. I think I still remember reading this book because of the cover. The cover is a great attention grabber which is why I think it would do well in the classroom. The Way I Feel goes through many emotions and how you feel and act when you are in that type of mood. The text on all of the pages reflects the mood that is being described which I love! For Silly, the words go up and down, for happy, the page is filled with bright colors such as yellow, pi ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotions can be crazy sometimes, especially for our little ones growing up. The Way I Feel by Janan Cain is a perfect book to teach children all about emotions. Each page involves a new feeling with a scenario describing how that feeling came about. When the book mentions frustration, there is an image of a girl having a hard time trying to tie her shoe. The best part is, everyone can relate to all these emotions, especially children. It’s a great book to allow kids to know exactly how emotions ...more
Deja Hall
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I added this book to my text set for Dr. Williams class since my topics are the exact same. This book is great for a child with autism because it doesn’t focus on one emotion but various emotions of what a child with autism may feel. Janan Cain has given children the language to express their emotions—not only through her choice of words but through the use of vibrant colors, mood-enhancing illustrations, and the font and flow of the words, some of which weave across the page. Children who have ...more
Martha Clark
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book talks about the different feelings that humans encounter. Whether we feel angry, sad or excited, it is good to reflect upon all the feelings that we can have. The book explains the different ways we might feel and makes the reader feel comfortable and teaches that it is okay to feel certain ways.
The story is told in first person point of view. There isn't really a set character since the illustrations show different people each time, but it is written in a way that it makes the reader
Tanna Myers
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
The Way I Feel is a wonderful book about feelings. This would be a great book for lower elementary students. I think it would especially be beneficial for a kindergarten classroom. This would be nice to use at the beginning of the year for students. Since kindergarten is the first time for most students in a classroom setting, this would be a great book to bring out to talk about those different emotions they might be feeling while at school. This allows the class to openly
Hannah-Grace Freeman
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Way I Feel is a non-fiction picture book that beautifully describes and illustrates the different emotions that we have. Whether happy, mad, excited, jealous, sad, or even tired, we all feel these different emotions.

I loved this book, and it is one of my childhood favorites! I remember this book being on my shelf at home, and I loved the pictures! The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and the colors always match the mood of the emotion being portrayed.

I would use this in an element
A Allen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are so many things I like about this book! This is the only feelings book I've seen that covers "thankful" which is pretty neat. I also LOVE the "frustrated" page because I see that feeling in so many of the kids I work with and the description really hits the nail on the head. I also LOVE that the last page acknowledges that the feelings are a part of you! The children in my class have negative associations with people being angry and I really want them to learn that it is completely norm ...more
Page Tavares
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Way I Feel is an excellent book to help children understand their emotions/feelings and how to appropriately express them. There are big, colorful pictures on each page and each page is dedicated to a different emotion/feeling.

I would use this book in my classroom. I love the verbal simplicity and the big colorful pictures pictures in this book. I also like the fact that it explores a variety of emotions/feelings to help create a deeper understanding for children.

The lesson that I would use
Grace Cantrell
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-20
Summary: This picture book describes and identifies different types of feelings. It encourages readers to express their feelings. It shines a light on how both children and adults have emotions. Cain provides kid-friendly definitions of several complicated feelings.

Evaluation: This book is great for a wide range of ages. Everyone struggles with the selected emotions and need help in describing how they feel. The colorful illustrates and whimsically written text will keep any kid engaged.

May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1.)The Way I Feel
2.) Social/Emotional Skill Taught: The skills that are being taught here are self awareness and recognition of emotions that we experience.
3). I would use this book to expand the children's vocabulary and to help give them words to use, so that in the future they can describe and express how the feel. I liked that this book was created by a Chicago artist who created so vivid pictures to help her own child express emotions other than the two children seem to know happy and sad.
Ashlyn Stevens
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
I really like this book I know I say that about every book but I LOVE this book. This book focuses on teaching children the concept of emotions. It also focuses on teaching children to understand these emotions to be able to express them with words. I would use this is the hospital because it is one way to find out how the child is feeling with everything going on. As an activity they can either point to the page that they are feeling or express it through their play or coloring. It is a really ...more
Lexie Elder
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Informational
Grade Level: K-2nd grade
The illustrations in this book are a bit silly and will most likely make children laugh. However, this story does a good job of describing through words and pictures some of the emotions that children and adults alike feel. The rhyming also makes it a great book for children developing phonological awareness skills. Children will be able to connect the pictures with the word for that emotion. I think this book would be great to use with young children
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book for a storytime on Feelings. The kids tried to guess/fill in the word for the emotion in the picture, a very interactive read.

This book is very balanced - "good" and "bad" emotions both (silly and jealous, happy and angry, etc.). The feelings are labeled as such though - they are all just Feelings, with the idea that we all have them. I liked the illustrations too. The colors are so bright and reflective of the emotion pictured - bored is all greys and browns, silly is pre
Kristi Bernard
If your child doesn't understand why they are sometimes happy and occasionally sad this sturdy board book will help them understand their feelings. As they navigate the world around them it's important for your child to understand the emotions that happen within their bodies. Bright cheery illustrations depict emotions like anger, sadness, being excited and more. The back pages share insight and suggestions for parents on how to engage their children regarding emotions and how they feel when som ...more
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