Today I Feel Silly

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Bibliographic Information:  Curtis, Jamie Lee.  Today I Feel Silly (& Other Moods That Make My Day).  (2007). New York: HarperCollins Publishing.

Brief Annotation:  This book is about a young girl who discovers she has different emotions each and every day.  She feels happy, to sad, angry, to silly, she even feels confused.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who are not quite sure why they feel certain emotions; also, children who need to be able to relate to someone else who may be feeling the same way they are, would really find this book helpful.

Rating/Response: 4 This book shows how children do have a lot of emotional turmoil in their lives.  It also shows that children may not always know why they feel a certain way.  I really like how Curtis reaffirms the reader that it is okay to feel sad, angry, upset, or frustrated.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever been sad or angry; if so, do you know why you were?  Who did you talk to about that emotion you were feeling?

Reading Strategy: First Days

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great first week of school read aloud to K-2 students as it deals with emotional turmoil.  The first week of school can often bring forth a lot of emotions that children are not familiar with.  This book helps to explain that there are a variety of emotions to feel on a daily basis, and it also explains that there is usually a starting factor as to why we feel a certain way.

Posted by: Alexa Wachter

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