And so this week, I present you with Happy Hippo, Angry Duck.
Title: Happy Hippo, Angry Duck
Written and Illustrated by: Sandra Boynton
Publisher: Little Simon Books, 2011
Suitable for: Preschool and up
Opening: From the first two pages: "Hello, little person! How are you today? Is your mood quite terrific or only okay? Are you happy as a hippo or angry as a duck?"
Brief Synopsis: This book explores moods of all kinds using the adorable animal illustrations of Sandra Boynton to create a message that is simple for the youngest of kids to understand.
Links to resources: I looked for resources but didn't find any online. However, the book is a resource in itself and provides a great platform for asking children: Are you happy as a hippo or angry as a duck? Are you amused or confused? Grumpy or contented?
Why I chose this book: As I said, Boynton's books have been in our house for many years, about 10, and each has found it's own place on our bookshelves. I like this one because I see it as a younger version of When Sophie Gets Angry, She Gets Really, Really Angry which I had bought for my daughter, at an older age, to help her understand her own emotions. This book is very cute, but also helps the youngest of children communicate their own moods which will lead to understanding moods and emotions as they get older.