Friday, November 22, 2013

PPBF: Theo's Mood

TitleTheo's Mood
Author/Illustrator: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Publisher/Date: Albert Whitman & Company/2013
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Ages 4-7
Themes: emotions, babies, older sibling, school

Opening: "It was Mood Monday and Theo was the first to share his mood news."

Synopsis: (from inside flap)

Are you in a GOOD MOOD or BAD MOOD? It's Mood Monday, and everyone in Miss Cady's class is sharing their MOOD NEWS. Eric is HAPY because he got a new bike! And Mia is PROUD because she hit a home run! But now that Theo has a new sister, he is not sure how he is feeling. EVERYONE HAS MOODS. WHAT'S YOURS?

Why I Love This Book
This book gently introduces kids to a variety of mood words (bored, jealous, cheerful, grateful, afraid, etc.) without being didactic. It is also a terrific book for a child who has become a big brother or sister, validating their many emotions from pride to jealousy.

Activity Guide from publisher

Maryann Cocca-Lefler's website

Play Mood Charades

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  1. I've heard of this author, but not this book. It sounds pretty funny. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Love that he's not sure how he feels!

  3. I like the idea of having a Mood Monday!

  4. Very cute idea. I also love that the publisher has an activity.

  5. Interesting! Simple effective way to show kids these emotions.