Official Review: My Mama Says Inside Me Lives A Village

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Official Review: My Mama Says Inside Me Lives A Village

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "My Mama Says Inside Me Lives A Village" by Nadine Levitt.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village by Nadine Levitt is a children’s picture book that explores the emotions swirling around inside of us. It is illustrated by Miriam Mitzi Rosas. There are several animal characters, each of whom displays a different type of feeling. In this way, children will be able to identify the emotions they have. There is an emphasis on encouraging kids to recognize which feelings are negative and how to handle them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cute, educational story. It contains vivid descriptions to demonstrate the various emotions people experience. The hippo shows his anger by stomping his feet “with a huff and a puff.” In some cases, similes are used – for example, “as mean as a hungry tiger.” Most of the explanations are simple and age-appropriate for a young child. However, I’m not sure kids would be able to grasp the concept of someone having a heavy heart.

The plot is fairly easy to follow. A child is the narrator, although he/she isn’t shown. It doesn’t matter, as the emotions take center stage. Each animal character displays a specific emotion, such as feeling happy, sad, shy, angry, goofy, etc. Two pages are devoted to each character/emotion. The words for the feelings are prominently displayed in capital letters and a larger, different-colored font (e.g. - blue for “sad”).

The illustrations are colorful and whimsical, and they tie in nicely with the storyline. I particularly enjoyed the collage showing all of the emotions, as it provides a good summary of the various emotions people experience. The characters’ facial expressions accurately reflect the emotions being described. For example, the puppy’s sadness is conveyed through tears streaming down his face and a dark cloud behind him.

The book is edited well, with only one grammatical error - a missing comma between two adjectives. Actually, this might be the use of artistic license. Since the first adjective is one of the emotions, I wonder if the author didn’t want to mar the large, highlighted word with a comma.

This story has earned a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. It is a fun read and an effective method of familiarizing youngsters with the types of feelings they have. At any age, the first step in dealing with your emotions is recognizing them. I would recommend this book to children ages 4-8, particularly those who enjoy animal characters. It would be a perfect choice for a read-aloud by teachers or parents, since the story could spur a discussion about how to deal with unwanted emotions.

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What a sweet idea for a children's story! I also like that the book is well-constructed and well-edited. Thanks for your review!
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What a clever idea to equate feelings with a village inside of each one of us! I definitely want to read this children's book. Thank you for this awesome review!
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Thanks Rachel Lea and Chrystal Oaks for the nice feedback! I think the concept of this story is great because young children can get confused, and even scared, by the different emotions they experience.
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I appreciate the subject of the book. Emotions are hard to deal with at any age. This sounds engaging the children with the colorful images. I'm glad it's, mostly, well-edited too. Thanks. Great review as per usual, bookowlie!
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I really like the concept of this book, the psychological kind of book focused on children and their recognition of their emotions in an interesting way.
Thank you for an amazing review!

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What a good idea for a children's book! It reminds me of the movie Inside Out (even though I haven't actually seen it). I'll have to think about getting this for my daughter.

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I agree with Helene. This book made me think of the movie. I like that the author uses both colors and animals to help the target audience identify different feelings. The illustrations, as you have described them, sound endearing! Great review.

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This sounds like a fun and sweet children's book, certainly something I would have enjoyed as a child! Thanks for your great review. Cheers
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Understanding your own emotions is a huge steps towards building empathy for others. I know a few adults who would also benefit from reading this book!

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Images can play such a huge role in understanding emotions. This book could really benefit children. As others have said though, it even sounds like a bit of a rip-off of the film Inside Out.

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This sounds like a book my son would love. I will have to add it to our to read list.

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This book sounds very cute and helpful. I think it is good for children to learn about emotions in such a playful way.

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Thanks everyone for the feedback! It's a nice bonus when an entertaining children's book can also be educational. I've never heard of the movie Inside Out. It's interesting that the movie explores the same concepts.
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I like the concept of the book using emotions. Nice job!
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