I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!
Yummy Me Feels So Good isn't just another story book. It is something you can use with your kids and grandkids for many years. Simple and childlike, kids identify with the gentle creatures within. Absolutely beautiful, Yummy Me is a genius way of helping children immediately connect with the world of emotions through enchanting animal friends. The images and words are so simple and therefore can be grasped by children and adults of all ages. The book can easily open up space for a dialogue about emotions between an adult and a child, all the while being playfully disguised as animal talk. Children laugh and grimace as they flip through the pages, mirroring the emotions they feel on the pages. Yummy Me is a great doorway to explore the sometimes difficult arena of emotions, both for children, teachers and parents.
Rather than labeling certain emotions as "good" or "bad", these emotions simply get space to be as they are, and encourage the reader to remember that they too will pass. The final message of the book that we are in fact "none of these" me's is a loving reminder that at any moment we can start our day again from joy. "I have seen firsthand how taking out this book can transform a child's tantrum into a smile and eventually bursts of laughter.
"Lion I AM validates and assists children to experience emotions in a conscious manner -- essential to learning and gaining self-knowledge. Scientific research has demonstrated that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. Yummy Me Feels So Good will help you and your child learn to be “Lions of Love,” to consciously choose and express effectively what you are feeling. Being watchful and strong like the Lion brings acceptance and maturity in the ever changing world of feelings. Then everyone can share this "feeling of magic” and joy with others.” - Harold H Bloomfield MD, N.Y. Times bestselling author
This book has so many things that appeal to young children. There are easy-to-read words in large text, bright colorful illustrations, and sentences that are repeated over and over to help them remember. Yummy Me Feels So Good features different animals and some of them look like they could have been drawn by children themselves. These animals represent different emotions and the reassurance that it's okay to have these different feelings. They can feel happy, hungry, grumpy, or even mad, and they may even have all of these feelings in one single day! "Who am I? It's hard to say. There are so many Me's in just one day." I love a children's book that teaches as it entertains and Yummy Me Feels So Good does both. It is the perfect book for parents and children to read and discuss together. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and these are my own thoughts and opinions. My rating: 4 of 5 stars
MEET THE AUTHOR
The author Lion I Am lives on a beautiful island with lots of trees and animals. He likes quiet spaces in nature just like his animal friends. He enjoys talking to the turtles, dolphins and whales when they’re around. Like the Lion he enjoys relaxing in nature and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals and that of the wind in the trees and bamboos. He especially loves the beach and the ocean surf. One of his favorite things is swimming in the strong waves in the ocean. He loves playing with children and animals. They help him laugh at all his passing Me’s and his funny moods. The children and animals remind him to be grateful for life here on this beautiful Earth. Lion I Am loves to visit with teachers and children who read the Lion I Am books together and share their feelings and playfulness together. The Funny Bird Productions mop top birds sing “All there is is Love, Love is all there is. Love is all there is, All you need is Love” They know the important things in life.