《想哭的时候》 Everyone is a book that features a young boy who explores various emotions, and the main character looks kind of like my Chinese Korean American son! This is a wonderful book that explores emotions in a gentle, artistic way.
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- Author: 克里斯托弗 赛拉斯 尼尔 (Christopher Silas Neal)
- Where to Buy
- Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787533291020
- Where to listen to 想哭的时候
- Ximalaya has a free Mandarin narration where you can hear a woman reading the story. However, it is not professional quality like other stories. The page turning is very loud in this recording.
- Compatible with Luka Reading Robot which has high-quality narration and encourages children to read independently!
- For those who speak Cantonese, you can listen to Cantonese Mommy narrate the story on YouTube!
Review of《想哭的时候》Everyone Chinese emotions book
This book features a boy who experiences a variety of emotions, stated in simple sentences, but illustrated vividly in various shades of blue.
Emotions, such as happiness and sadness, are paired with various metaphors like a balloon lifting him up when he’s happy and then deflating when he’s sad.
Pictures of outer space are shown when he feels like nobody is listening.
When he talks about how he used to be happy, he is smiling while a balloon lifts him up.
Then the balloon deflates as the boy frowns and talks about how his emotions have changed to sadness.
Happiness is also later paired with smiling flowers.
I was particularly struck by the image of the boy’s tears transforming into birds.
To me, this represented the liberating feeling I have experience when I have a good cry.
Although the symbolism is abstract for my children (2 year old boy and 5 year old girl), they understand the relief of being able to cry when they need to.
The concluding illustration shows people hugging in various windows, and the text confirms that everybody has emotions.
Positive and negative feels – we all experience them, and it’s completely okay!
We also try to change the “boys don’t cry” macho culture and break gender stereotypes.
Photos of《想哭的时候》 Everyone
The beginning of the book explores negative, frustrating emotions.
The end of the book shows the relief and comfort of expressing emotions with friends!
In summary, I recommend the《想哭的时候》Everyone emotions book for boys and girls!
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