Isabel Thomas studied Human Sciences at Oxford University before working in the wonderful world of children's publishing. She has written dozens of books for children and teenagers, and is a trained literacy tutor. Isabel lives in Cambridge, UK, with her husband and three rambunctious sons.
Gr 1-2-This community-minded series aims to help readers identify common emotions they or others might have. Students are assured that it's normal and acceptable to feel negative feelings, but they must be expressed in ways that are not hurtful to others. Jealous, Proud, Sad, and Shy are notable for their nuanced treatment of complex affects. The multicultural casts of expressive cartoon characters are depicted in numerous situations. Each volume contains a "Toolbox" activity that advises readers to write down ways to maintain good feelings and dispel bad ones. This series' greatest weaknesses are an overly stylized font and the vague glossary definition of "feeling." Nevertheless, its content is Common Core State Standards ready and will instill self-awareness in children, meriting inclusion in elementary school libraries. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.