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REVIEW: My Incredible Talking Body by Rebecca Bowen

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Title: My Incredible Talking Body

Author: Rebecca Bowen | Illustrator: Lauren Bowen

Publisher: Mascot Books | Published: April 4, 2017

Theme: Emotional Wellness

Character Origin: Human 

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 46

Ages: 4-6 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

My Incredible Talking Body: Learning to Be Calm is a beautifully illustrated picture book created to help children understand emotions and how to manage them. This book focuses on cultivating mindfulness of the body’s signals about feelings, encouraging acceptance of all types of emotions, and developing strategies for calming strong or uncomfortable feelings. Included in the book is a learning guide designed especially for parents, educators, counselors, and other adults that are supporting children as they build skills to manage their emotions.

My overall thoughts…

A friend of mine’s little girl gave me this book to review, and I’m so glad she did. I wish books like this had been around when I was raising my kids. This is an excellent book for new parents as it can be challenging for them to explain feelings in a way their children can truly understand. Bowen lays it all out in a clear and intelligible manner. I especially liked the suggestions and strategies at the end for parents and educators.  Additionally, this book could find a permanent home in the Pediatrician’s offices while parents are waiting for their practitioner. That’s just my two cents.

The illustrations and text…

Bowen’s illustrations are bright and expressive. The imagery and color choices had a calming and welcoming quality to them. I like that for added emphasis, key terms are highlighted throughout the book. The font was easy to read and is excellent for finger tracking. While this isn’t the traditional story, it informs kids about their feelings and how to manage them. This book is a catalyst for conversations about emotional wellness. Emotional wellness starts at home but reverberates into the classroom. Therefore, a holistic approach is beneficial for both child and educator. Rebecca Bowen has done a great job of gathering resources for parents and educators to empower children with the tools to understand themselves better.

I’ll give it…