In this picture book from the well-received ‘The Way I Feel’ series, Spelman offers support for children with separation anxiety and, in a note to parents and teachers, practical advice for helping children cope. A little guinea pig narrates, telling her parents how she feels and how she comforts herself when they leave her at day care or with a babysitter. She even mentions how unsettling a parent’s business trip can be. While acknowledging anger and sadness (‘Missing you is a heavy, achy feeling’), the text and illustrations show the little guinea pig moving beyond her initial despondency into play, laughter, and good times, including the happiness of being reunited.
“Few picture books deal with this common childhood trial in such a helpful way. acknowledging the emotions and providing reassurance. The lively illustrations feature lively line drawings washed with warm, glowing colors, drawn with a keen eye for the child’s world. A good resource for parents and a natural choice for children who will take comfort in finding their emotions mirrored in a picture book.” Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal award, 2005.
Illustrated by Kathy Parkinson / Ages Preschool-Grade 1/ Softcover ISBN 978-0-8075-8903-8/$6.99