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Book: Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo: Alphabet, Feelings and Friends
Author: Kim Larkins
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1615995516 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 161599551X Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1615995509 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1615995501 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5 – 9
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Larkins, Kim. Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo: Alphabet, Feelings and Friends (Published in 2020 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). In this second part of two “Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo” books, Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo and Pearl return with some old and new friends who experience, through a collection of whimsical rhymes, a wide range of emotions. From A to Z, Emma Lou and Pearl invite children to bring emotions to life and provide reassurance that all feelings are expected and accepted. To cope with our changing world during this vulnerable time in our history, children now more than ever need to feel free to express their fears, worries, and joys. Alphabet, Feelings and Friends is a resource for parents, educators, and mental health workers to assist children in developing meaningful discussions and insight into their present experiences.
The brightly colored pages of this alphabet book provide 26 rich examples of social and emotional experiences for children that can be utilized at home, in the classroom, or at therapy spaces, using animal characters, lovely rhymes, and fanciful pictures to help children learn about and manage their emotions as part of an educational or therapeutic process. The use of the rhymes makes the text involving and pleasant to be read or listened to out loud. Author Kim Larkins, who has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maine and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice, includes notes to teachers, parents, and caregivers on how the book may be used to help children process their emotions.