Smile Cry

Smile Cry : Happy or sad, wailing or glad - how do you feel today?

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An innovative flip-over picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years.

A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile/Cry is an innovative picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years. Readers' follow three adorable characters - piglet, bunny and cat - as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life. From an 'ate all the pies' smile to an 'ice-cream plopping down cry' from a 'cosy under blanket smile' to a 'need a band-aid quick cry', children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled. It's the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile/Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood. Younger kids will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, while older readers will learn more about the range of their emotions - how it's possible to cry with happiness and also smile with trepidation. The clever 'flip book' format means that the 'Smile' story reads from front to back, while the 'Cry' story reads from back to front, with both delicious narratives meeting in the middle. A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured for years, Smile/Cry is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 216 x 292 x 13mm | 408.23g
  • Ek Books
  • Wollombi, Australia
  • English
  • 35 color illustrations
  • 192196698X
  • 9781921966989
  • 251,891

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"I love the concept of this book and think that it will be read over and over again in our house" * A Slice of My Life * "The soft illustrations will soothe children into a reflective state about feelings." * Child Magazines * "An innovative flip-format picture book for young children that showcases the full emotional range of childhood... This book will be invaluable to people who talk to children about their emotions." * School Librarian * "Unforgettable. A divinely heartfelt book, chock-full of sweet and savoury sentimental moments. It is a valuable resource for building foundations for sound emotional development. Readers from age three will simply gobble it up at every turn, over and over again." * Boomerang Books * "children just beginning to understand their emotions will discover some delightful insights in this very special children's book." * Little Friends * "Younger kids will respond to the soft, gentle illustrations, while older readers will learn more about their range of emotions" * Motherpedia * "full of smiles and tears simultaneously. Illustrations are pencil and watercolour and help the reader to recognise emotions" * Aussie Reviews * "typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood" * School Days * "Once in a while you come across a book that pulls all the heartstrings, and this is one ... Congratulations to Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft on their contribution to the wonderful body of Australian Children's Literature that we are blessed to have in this country." * Creative Kids Tales * "This sweet-as-pie book quickly became a favourite in our household. It's fabulous for little tots learning to understand and cope with the various shades of happy and sad (such as an "ate all the pies smile" or a "tutu in the wash cry") they can experience. Presented in flip-the-book format, the story explores these nuances of emotions through the lovable characters piglet, bunny and cat." * Penny's Best of 2016 * "...a wonderful book about feelings...ideal for use with kindergarten aged children" -- Cassie Mutimer * Media Reviews * "This picture book is sure to make you smile with its gorgeous illustrations and playful text. We'd highly recommend it." -- Abby Mellor * Smile Cry * "supports children developing the skills to comprehend, short, predictable texts on familiar topics...can be a stimulus in the teaching of writing, encouraging students to compose or retell their own similar stories"
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About Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, editor, illustrator and founder of highly regarded children's literature website Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Her previous titles are Peas in a Pod, Tottie and Dot, and the bestselling An Aussie Year. Jess Racklyeft was selected for Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators of the World 2013/2014. She works with card companies, US-based agency Astound, and sells prints of her artworks.
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Rating details

52 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 33% (17)
4 25% (13)
3 25% (13)
2 10% (5)
1 8% (4)
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