This Makes Me Happy

illus. by Hilli Kushnir. 32p. (Dealing with Feelings). Rodale. Apr. 2018. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781635650570. pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781635650389.
PreS-Gr 2—An unnamed girl joins her class on a field trip to the fair in this beginning reader series book about feelings. She describes all of her experiences throughout the day: laughing at the petting zoo, jumping up and down when her teacher wins a pie eating contest, playing games, and riding a roller coaster. Everything is positive right up until she cannot eat treats at the bake sale because of her nut allergy. After discussing feeling left out with her teacher, she is able to feel good again and put a name to the feeling: happy. The digitally painted pen-and-paper art is visually appealing and depicts an excited, smiling child surrounded by her classmates. Her emotions are easy to read and match the text seamlessly. The text consists of two or three simple sentences per page and is perfect for readers not quite ready for chapter books.
VERDICT A useful tool for discussing feelings and a first purchase for most easy reader collections.

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