That’s the thing I most often say when trying to improve how someone is feeling. I point out that the people around them very likely also feel a bit like they do, whether it’s nerves or upsets, or anything else. Because we are remarkably similar in so many ways. And just because they aren’t displaying those feelings, doesn’t mean they don’t have them.
This is what the set of four picture books written by Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Holly Sterling, are wanting to tell their young readers. It’s OK, and perfectly normal, to be scared, for instance. We all are at some stage in our lives, and more often than others think.
The same goes for happy – which is more obvious, maybe – and sad, and I don’t suppose angry is so hard to miss, although it could be.
These four books are rather lovely, in that they show our young characters that their feelings are normal, and they are shared, and that this feeling will pass. If your cat died, you will eventually be happy again, while not forgetting your cat.
Sometimes it can be hard to talk about feelings with a child, so these books should be very useful in many situations. They also show the child that other children can be understanding and supportive. It’s easy to forget this.