From the Cover of Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings by Jane Evans:
“Once upon a time there was a little kitten called Kit who lived with a grown-up cat called Kizz Cat. Kit Kitten couldn’t understand why sometimes Kizz Cat seemed sad and far away and at other times was busy and rushing about. Kit Kitten was sometimes cold and confused in this topsy-turvy world and needed help to find ways to tell others about the big, medium and small feelings that were stuck inside.
Luckily for Kit, Kindly Cat came along…
Many children live in homes where things are chaotic and parents or carers are distracted and emotionally unavailable to them. This storybook, designed for children ages 2 to 6, includes feelings-based activities to build a child’s emotional awareness and vocabulary. A helpful tool for use by parents, carers, social workers and other professionals to enable young children to begin to name and talk about their feelings.”
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
This book appears to be geared for children from ages 3 – 7 years old (pre-school and early elementary school). A good audience for this book would be children that are in foster care or adopted that previously lived with birth parents that did not know how to care for them.
The illustrations of the book are executed in a cartoon style that is fun and inviting for younger kids. The illustrations appear to do an excellent job in adding to the content and helping children to understand their own feelings and emotions.
Speaking of emotions – the content of this tale did a good job of exploring Kit Kitten’s emotions and feelings. There are even good descriptions of how aspects of a body might correspond with a feeling. For example how a child’s tummy might feel when they are anxious as opposed to positive excitement feeling. This tale was interrupted a few times by to ask the reader a question about how Kit was feeling at a particular moment. The questions are followed up by a few suggested answers.
Overall, we feel that this book is exceptionally valuable to foster and adoptive families. It naturally helps a caregiver to talk to a child about their feelings. There is also a foreword to children from the author explaining the importance of feelings. The book ends with a guide for using the book for caregivers along with great activities.
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It’s Your Turn:
- How did Kit’s tummy feel when he was happy? When he was hungry? When He was nervous?
- Why was Kit worried at school?
- When do you get worried adults will yell?
- How would you feel if you got candy right now? Show your parent(s) what your face would look like.
- How would you feel if someone didn’t pick you up from school/daycare?Show your parent(s) what your face would look like.