Top critical review
Needs to add decision making based on right and wrong, and consequences
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
I loved the illustrations, and that the author addressed physical feelings (sensations) and 'feelings' - which are emotions - and that one impacts the other. I enjoyed the examples of the puzzle story and the overwhelmed story. But I would never tell a child to act on a feeling based on what 'feels best for you' because 'you get to decide'. That's pretty scary advice for a child just learning to behave in school or a child who may have malevolent feelings. I would always ground them in morality. I would advise a child to first think about the situation, then decide on what would be the best thing to do (decision), based on either finding a solution, avoiding bad consequences, or by doing what is 'right' (i.e. angry feelings should not be acted out with kicking or hitting). Also, the book barely touches on the concept that feelings can get out-of-control and about finding a solution. These are key factors and deserve more emphasis if the goal is to raise responsible productive people. I also think 'prayer', 'talking to others' and 'finding a solution' should be in the 'Practice' list at the end of the book, but I do appreciate that there IS a practice list. In the end, I had to add a bit to my copy in order to make it complete but it's a very nice spring board.