Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion I Am Children’s Book Review
Parents this book is a great way to explore and play with feelings together with your children. There are animal pictures that children can enjoy and talk about. This is a beautiful way for your children to make friends with their feelings and learn how to “play” with them. It’s also a way to encourage us to keep remembering and returning to positive and nurturing feelings and memories. This creates healthy neural networks in our brains. Something as simple as remembering an animal or happy feeling can change our whole body chemistry.
Kids have lots of feelings! If you spend time with little people, you know that their moods often shift, and they experience many different emotions throughout the course of the day. This can sometimes feel confusing and overwhelming. However, with the right view, these different feelings can be understood, even welcomed! Though it may seem like we change a lot, our emotions actually float on the surface, and they don’t change the people we are underneath. Yummy Me Feels So Good helps express this truth using vivid, dynamic animal pictures to illustrate the many “me’s” that we can encounter.
Kids and grownups alike will recognize themselves in the colorful, whimsical illustrations of different animals that portray emotions. There are seals, birds, grasshoppers, and more, drawn in childlike ways that will tug at your heartstrings. But underneath, the “real” me is a watchful lion that’s gentle but powerful and who doesn’t change. Readers learn the power of mindfulness as they observe and name these emotions.
Each new picture is followed by the refrain: “Who am I? It’s hard to say. There are so many Me’s in just one day.” By the end of the book, the question is answered: “All these feelings come and go, but Lion I am stays on to watch and enjoy the show. He loves himself just the way he is.”
Giving kids the language to explain their feelings and moods is powerful! Describing themselves as a particular animal can be an excellent way for even very small children to express the big feelings that wash over them, and this book is a beautiful picture of the love that we have for our kids and for ourselves, no matter what kind of mood we might be experiencing. It’s a helpful exercise for any age and is a great way to introduce mindfulness to young children.
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About the Author, Lion I Am
The author Lion I Am lives on a beautiful island with lots of trees and animals. He likes quiet spaces in nature just like his animal friends. He enjoys talking to the turtles, dolphins and whales. He enjoys relaxing in nature and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals and the wind in the trees. He especially loves walking along the beach by the ocean surf. One of his favorite things is swimming in the strong waves in the ocean.
Lion I Am loves playing with children and animals. They help him laugh at all his passing Me’s and all his funny moods. The children and animals remind him to be grateful for his life here on this beautiful Earth. On a good day he’s like the relaxed watchful lion who watches things from his resting place of Self love and wonder. He loves to visit with teachers and children who read the Lion I Am books together and share their feelings and play together.
The animals at Funny Bird Productions and Lion I AM all really enjoy playing around and relaxing. Some people say they live in their own “island time” The mop top birds who sing “All there is is Love, Love is all there is. Love is all there is, All you need is Love” know what is really important in life. They say that sometimes smiling at a passerby and sharing your love can be the most important thing you do that day .
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
* This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Lion I Am in exchange for an honest review.