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I’m Not Happy

A book about feeling sad


Big feelings are part of daily life for small kids, and happiness just isn’t always within reach. Unwelcome events, from a broken toy to a missing pet, bring on sad feelings that can darken kids’ days. In this charming feelings book, follow along as Ben helps cheer up his friends and shows how kids can turn sadness into smiles.

I’m Not Happy uses simple, easy-to-read text to present positive coping skills for children to use when they feel sad. The book’s gentle humor and colorful illustrations will appeal to kids, and happiness might not seem so far away after all by the end of the story.

The book also includes a series of pictures following the story, inviting children to use their own words to tell a story about helping others who feel unhappy. In addition, a special section offers adults questions to get kids talking feelings, and suggests positive coping skills for children dealing with sadness. Ideal for home and K–3 classroom settings. 

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Hardcover $12.99 23739W Hardcover 23739W $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-373-9
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: H
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 7.75" x 9.5"
Page Count: 28

Praise for I’m Not Happy:
“Exuberant color illustrations bring to life simple stories about ordinary children interacting with their friends at school or at play. . . .The Our Emotions and Behavior series is enthusiastically recommended for parents as well as school and library children’s collections.”—Midwest Book Review

“Simple plotlines create excellent lead-ins to talking about making good decisions when faced with new and difficult emotions.”—School Library Journal

“Titles in the series capture the big emotions that all kids feel. The stories are perfect for young readers.”—Imagination Soup Blog

Praise for the series:
“The Our Emotions and Behavior series offer[s] young children and their caregivers help with hard-to-manage feelings and inappropriate actions . . . The simple texts are direct, and the endings are consistently upbeat . . . These purposeful books will be useful in many libraries.”—Booklist

“These are excellent titles for children who need help expressing their feelings and they will be a bonus in any guidance counselor’s arsenal.”—School Library Journal

“Enthusiastically recommended for parents as well as school and library children’s collections.”—Midwest Book Review

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