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A beautiful explanation of feelings shown through colour as one little boy navigates a range of emotions - from happiness and excitement to hope and love, all on his way to present a gift to his mum.

Blue is for the calm I feel wandering in the spring.
Yellow is for happy when I spot a special thing. This book is the perfect introduction to both emotions and colours.

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21st May '19
I read it to Pre-schoolA aged 2 to 4
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5 stars
The Colour Of Happy is a gorgeous book following a little boys adventures and feelings as he heads home to his mum to give her his gift. This first thing I noticed about this story is how well it flowed to read it and read very much like a poem and this helped keep the children's interest and really got them concentrating on the story. The way the colours and feelings are shown in this book are fantastic and unlike I've seen it done in any other book. Sometimes I find that books focusing on emotions are just like one big list with a new picture of a child's face on each page but this book is completely different and shows emotions in the best way and one that allows the children to think about feelings without really having to think! The first time we read it the children could guess a few emotions that we saw from the little boy but as we've read it more they are noticing new emotions and having it relating to colours makes it so much easier for children to recognise and understand. I think it's great that there is a book to help young children understand emotions all as part of a story as I'm sure it will help them in the future with their emotions and empathy by recognising what each feeling looks like and how that person feels. The character of the little boy is a great way to show emotions and the children were all hoping he'd succeed in his adventure as they saw him go through a wave of emotions. I like how the mother looked so warm and accepting as it was reassuring for the children to see that however you feel there is someone there to help. The illustrations in the book are very simple with each page being of just one colour with the little boy, his dog and a flower but the simplicity to it is what really makes the book work as the children don't see it as teaching them anything but they get to learn so much from emotions to colours without all the unnecessary distractions other details may give. The children really enjoyed this book and loved seeing the little boy (and his dog) through all the beautifully coloured pages. This is one of the best books on feelings I've seen and one that I think all young children should read!
14th June '19
I read it to Minibugs aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I read this book to my little brother and he loved it. I think his favourite part was trying to recognise the colour theme for every page and looking at the pictures of the character’s dog. I thought the story was simple but enjoyable and I liked how the different colours were used to express different feelings
18th May '19
I read it to LydiaLou aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Such a true story - the range of emotions within 5 minutes of a toddler's life!! A lovely book that gives a colour to each emotion and talks through the story about how and why that feeling appears. Lovely ending with pink for love.
18th May '19
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a really great book, that my little boy read to me. Each page has a different emotion and a colour for that emotion as a little boy goes on a journey. Easy to read and perfect for talking about your emotions. 
19th May '19
I read it to Aidan4 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Lovely story looking at emotions got my son talking about what things made him feel sad and angry. It was nice that there was a story that flowed through the book and not just the emotions standing alone. 
20th May '19
I read it to Dais aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A beautiful easy to read rhyming story, about a young boy going through different emotions which include feeling calm, happy, anger and Love. With each emotion being shown in a different colour, we found this made emotions easier to understand and talk about.
20th May '19
I read it to Dais aged 1 aged 1
The Colour of Happy 9781444939682
5 stars
A beautiful easy to read rhyming story, about a young boy going through different emotions which include feeling calm, happy, anger and Love. With each emotion being shown in a different colour, we found this made emotions easier to understand and talk about.
22nd May '19
I read it to 1Brocks! aged 5 to 6
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4 stars
I read this book to my Year One class during fruit break , and in hindsight, I wish I had used it as part of a PSHE lesson, or during an activity where we were discussing feelings. Many of my class said they wanted the book to have more of a story, or the characters to do more - they felt it was a little 'young' for them. I do think this book would be beautiful for PSHE or a Reception class.

The illustrations use colour beautifully - and each double page is themed around a particular colour and emotion. 

I would definitely recommend this story for any child who is struggling with expressing how they might feel - I think it could make a real difference to them. 
24th May '19
I read it to ThePBBNursery aged 2 to 5
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4 stars
When you close your eyes and think of everything that makes you happy, what colour comes to mind for you? I've always loved different shades of blue myself, but I know that some associate blue with sadness. When I asked the nursery class the same question, I think that their responses covered every colour known to man...
In 'The Colour of Happy', a young boy is on his way home. During his journey, he picks a dandelion clock to give to his Mum but a whole host of things happen that make the walk a tad more troublesome than he'd expected... First the dandelion blows away and he can't find it anywhere, then he spots that another child has caught it! Will they be kind and return it to him? 
With his range of events comes a range of emotions, including everything from sadness, anger and envy, to hope, happiness and pride. This tale represents each emotion with a colour which the illustration spreads then utilise to radiate the boy's feelings brilliantly. The class loved comparing their emotional perceptions with the boy in the story, occasionally disagreeing with him when for instance, red, which was the favourite colour of some, is used to represent anger. (In the end though, the majority of the class stated that simply all of the colours make them happy!)
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About Laura Baker

Laura grew up in Canada with a passion for stories. She followed this passion to attain an Honours BA in English and then moved abroad to Wales for an MA in Creative Writing and an adventure - and she never left! She now lives in a lovely coastal town in South Wales with her husband, son and big basset hound and has been writing and editing award-winning boo...

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About Angie Rozelaar

Angie Rozelaar grew up in Kent, but has since lived in London, Brighton, Devon, Sweden and France. She studied at Chelsea Art School and Exeter University, and has worked as an illustrator since 2009. She uses a variety of materials to create her illustrations, including crayons,...

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