How Are You Peeling?
by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
We all know that the toddler years are filled with a wide range of emotions. As our children learn new things and experience new activities they are also learning to communicate their developing emotions. We can no longer assume crying means a dirty diaper, hungry belly or the need for a nap. At the same time smiles are not just to signify recognition, but also anticipation, trust, or joy. My son has just found his eyebrows and has fun trying to move them in different directions to make unique facial expressions. This book is filled with photographs of real fruits and vegetables that have been carved with an Exacto knife to make surprisingly realistic expressions. It may be marketed as a book for children, but my husband and I also marveled at the creativity and skill used to create such works of art. In addition to reading through the book, take some time to ask your child questions on each page. For example, on the kiwifruit page, “Which fruit looks tired? Which one is laughing?” Delve a little deeper with questions like, “What makes you laugh? When do you feel shy?” The possibilities for developing a greater understanding of your child and their feelings are endless!
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