Monday, May 18, 2009

Meet the Feelings Friends

Kids can have a hard time explaining or understanding their feelings. Karen Cuthrell, co-creator of Feeling Friends, authored a book to help kids with their feelings. She created this book series to help her daughter understand her feelings.
Meet the Feeling Friends is a book introducing 12 feeling friends to help understand and communicate feelings. In the book, you will meet characters like Worry the Fear Worm, Flutter the shy Butterfly, and Rant the Panic Ant. Each character has a description of their emotion with a catchy song/rhyme.
Meet the Feeling Friends is the first of thirteen books in the Feeling Friends series. Designed for pre- to beginning-readers, the book transports children to Feeling Free Island, a magical place where children are free to express their feelings in a world as vibrant as their own imaginations.
Meet the Feeling Friends • SRP $12.99 available for purchase on The remaining 12 books in the series, and a compilation audio CD of the character songs will be available in April 2009. Cuthrell presented her concept at the National Head Start Association at its 36th Annual National Training Conference in Orlando, Florida April 27-May 2, 2009.
Author Karen Cuthrell (KK) co-created the Feeling Friends 15 years ago as a response to her young daughter’s challenges with expressing her feelings openly and honestly. What began as an interactive puppet show for preschoolers in the Metro DC area soon developed into a 13 book series and audio CD. KK and the Feeling Friends provides kids with the tools they’ll need to survive the big, wide world of unidentified and unexpressed feelings.

In its previous live show incarnation, Cuthrell has performed live concerts, Songs of The Feeling Friends, to over 5,000 children and their families. Children sang, danced, and interacted throughout the hour-long presentation. Cuthrell’s goal is to recreate those awe-inspiring moments in books, music, and a half-hour television program. That way, this breakthrough concept will be accessible to innumerable children and families. In addition, this concept has the stamp of approval from child psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Williams and educational psychologist Dr. Kathy Philyaw, both from the Washington area, who have reviewed the materials and believe that this program will truly enrich the lives of children.

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