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Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs

Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs

A Kid's Menu of Feelings

Picture Book - 2011
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Welcome to the Feelings Restaurant.

Would you like to see a menu? There are lots of things to choose:

Happy Hot Dog
Worried Watermelon
Shy Spaghetti
Scared Shrimp
Sad Spinach
Sorry Steak
Excited Eggs
Lonely Lettuce
Angry Apples
Surprised Strawberries
Confused Chocolate Cupcake

Understanding what your emotions and feelings are telling you about yourself is very useful even for kids How do you know what you're feeling and how to deal with it? Take a peek inside, and order up

Kids often find it hard to express their feelings in constructive ways, enjoy their "good feelings," and cope with their unpleasant emotions as well. Learning to label feelings is an important first step to being able to do that difficult work of expressing, enjoying, and coping.

Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs includes an array of the basic feelings that younger children experience, both the easier feelings such as excitement and the harder feelings such as anger. Kids will enjoy this playful reference book and learn to recognize and identify their own emotions. And importantly, kids will know what to do when their feelings get too big or out of control.

Also included is a Note to Parents with additional information and tools to help parents help their children through the sometimes confusing but wonderful world of emotions. Understanding what emotions and feelings are telling you about yourself is very useful, especially for kids
Publisher: Washington, DC :, Magination Press,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781433809569
Branch Call Number: E 155.412 NE
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Annunziata, Jane
Battuz, Christine


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Apr 22, 2013

I think this is a great book for parents to either read to their children, or have them read. This book allows children to associate their feelings with different types of food. In life children go through different stages where they have feelings, and sometimes they do not know what the feeling is, and how to handle the feeling. Parents sometimes and we do not want to admit it; we cannot help our children when it comes to helping them express their feelings. This is a great book to help your child express the way they feel, and even control their feelings whether they are happy, sad, or scared. I recommend this book to any parent, grandparent, anyone who is raising a child, or knows someone who has a child. This is a stage everyone goes through.

SPL_Kids Mar 25, 2013

Adults don’t always have an easy time dealing with emotions such as frustration, anger, stress and sadness. Consider then, how difficult it must be for young children to express and cope with – or even to identify and understand - their feelings and emotions.

Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs: A Kid’s Menu of Feelings, by clinical psychologists Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata, was written to help children and their parents with the complex topic of emotions.

The book explains how children can label and discuss feelings as foods on a menu (“excited eggs”, “angry apples”, “worried watermelon”, “shy spaghetti”, “confused cupcakes”, “happy hot dogs”, “sad spinach”, etc.).

Next, the authors address each emotion individually, giving explanations and practical coping suggestions in reassuring, easy-to-understand language.

For example, “Sad is when you don’t feel happy inside. Sad is when you can’t think of things to make you smile. When you’re sad, it’s hard to have fun and you don’t have a lot of energy. That’s because you can feel sad in your whole body.” To cope, we need to “move the sad feelings from inside us to outside of us” by telling someone (even a pet) how we feel, drawing our sad feelings, using toys to play out sad feelings, doing some exercise that moves the entire body, or thinking instead about things that make us happy.

The emotional response of a parent to a situation will of course influence their child’s emotions, and advice for parents is included at the end of this excellent book.

Children’s emotional development is closely aligned to their social development, academic achievement and even health. The U.S. Department of Health (Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Centre) states, “Children who have a strong foundation in emotional literacy tolerate frustration better, get into fewer fights, and engage in less self-destructive behavior than children who do not have a strong foundation. These children are also healthier, less lonely, less impulsive, more focused, and they have greater academic achievement.”


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Apr 22, 2013

jrmccowan thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

SPL_Kids Mar 25, 2013

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8


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Apr 22, 2013

Feelings are typical when it comes to people and children. Having children become constructive with their feelings is another thing. “Shy Spaghetti and Excited Eggs,” is a book that includes a lot of basic feelings younger children experience. It also includes ways children can handle their feelings as well. This is a book that is sure to get any child happy about having feelings.


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Apr 22, 2013

“A surprise is when something happened that you weren’t expecting. Lots of different feelings go with angry. Annoyed is being mini-mad. Grumpy is like a ling bad mood. Irritable is when every little thing bothers you.”


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