Book Review: Animals Have Feelings, Too! by Karen Lee Stevens

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Animals Have Feelings TooTitle: Animals Have Feelings, Too!: Exploring Emotions From A to Z
Author: Karen Lee Stevens
Publisher: All for Animals
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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About the Book

Filled with humor and whimsical illustrations, this enchanting and educational A to Z guide takes young readers on a journey through the alphabet with a lovable Labrador retriever named Sandy, who shows kids that animals and people share many of the same feelings. From A is for Affectionate to Z is for Zonked, Animals Have Feelings, Too! helps children to understand and express their feelings and to treat animals with kindness and respect.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Sandy is an adorable Labrador retriever who shares different emotions that animals have using the letters from A to Z. The text is easy to understand and there is a cute picture for each letter. The pictures are mostly of Sandy and Willow, a cat who is a friend. 

I think children will love this book. It also teaches them that animals have feelings, too. That’s a very important lesson for children because I think some kids don’t realize that.

The last couple of pages are for grown-ups and I think they’re a good addition to Animals Have Feelings, Too! The first page suggests a game to play to further help children understand that animals have feelings. It also describes All for Animals which is a nonprofit organization. The last page lists the biographies of the author, the illustrator, and, most importantly, Sandy.

 

Book Excerpt

Hi Kids,

My name is Sandy and I’m a yellow Labrador retriever. Most of the time, I’m a happy-go-lucky pup, but once in awhile, I feel lonely or grumpy, too. Just like you, I experience lots of different emotions (that’s a BIG word for feelings).

When I’m happy, I wag my tail and let out a soft ruff-ruff-ruff as if to say Let’s play! When I’m annoyed or frightened, I may grumble and growl, meaning Back off, buddy! Stay away!

My feline friend, Willow, likes to remind me that I’m not perfect, but I love her anyhow. And that’s why I’ve asked her to help me introduce you to my very favorite feeling words. I hope you’ll share them with your human family and, of course, your furry and feathered friends!

 

Love,

Sandy

 

About the Author

Karen Lee StevensKaren Lee Stevens is the founder and president of All for Animals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a compassionate world for animals and children through humane education and literacy programs that nurture the human-animal bond.

Karen is also an author and a Certified Humane Educator who, for the past 14 years, has given presentations to thousands of elementary school children and has helped them learn how to treat animals with love and respect.

In February, 2013, Karen launched ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!), a unique literacy program that gives children from all walks of life an opportunity to improve their reading skills and inspire them to become life-long readers by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs.

Her latest children’s picture book is Animals Have Feelings, Too!: Exploring Emotions From A to Z.

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