Ollie Feels Fine (Board book)
Ollie the octopus has a lot of feelings and he struggles to understand them. One especially busy, emotional day, Ollie becomes overwhelmed by all of his feelings. But with the help of his good friend, Stella the starfish, Ollie is reassured and able to feel that he is ok, and that it is fine to have so many feelings.
This endearing board book explores the range of emotions we all can feel and opens up the potential for a conversation with a caring adult where kids can discover their feelings are natural and normal, and that others feel the same way they do.
Stella and Ollie give kids words for their emotions, and power over their feelings. With their help, kids will realize it's okay to not feel fine all of the time, and that it's okay to talk about it.
A visually fun detail included is how Ollie changes his color with his changing emotions to emphasize and make it easy for even the very youngest readers to see Ollie's feelings. Ollie Feels Fine helps parents support their child's emotional intelligence.
About the Author
TONI YULY has been an early bird her whole life and loves to start the day in her studio listening to other early birds sing outside her window. She lives in a small house by the water in Bremerton, Washington, a short ferry boat ride from Seattle, where she was born.
Toni fell in love with Eastern sensibilities during a year spent in Sendai, Japan, when she was just 17 years old. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in painting where she studied with the great American painter Jacob Lawrence. Now, after many years as a librarian in the King County Library System, Toni dedicates herself to designing, painting, and writing full time.
"Toddler readers will feel just fine after this funky intro to emotions."--Kirkus Review, starred
"Ollie Feels Fine provides a gentle springboard for conversations about feelings with the youngest of readers."--Kirby Larson
"Ollie feels grumpy. (This illustration really made me chuckle.)"--Where the Board Books Are
"Especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, and community library board book collections for children ages 1-4"--Midwest Book Review
"Ollie Feels Fine is a sweet and simple story that lets kids know that it’s fine to feel all the feels and even finer to talk about them."--Hakai Magazine
"This colorful board book is a great reminder that emotions are very much a part of our every day."--Midwest Book Review