KK and The Feeling Friends / Press

“Young children have many of the same emotions as adults, says Karen Cuthrell. “They are experiencing so many new and exciting things for the first time,” she said. “Children get angry, sad, frustrated, nervous, happy or embarrassed, but they often do not have the words to talk about how they are feeling.” Cuthrell said that children sometimes physically act out their emotions in inappropriate ways. “It is up to adults to teach children to understand and deal with their emotions in appropriate ways,” she said. Cuthrell said she is pleased that the students embraced the program’s characters as they read the Feeling Friends book. “As they read, they began to speak the pages in the character’s voices,” Cuthrell said. “I watched as they had fun learning about their feelings in a safe environment.” ”

“For too many of our children, anxiety to perform at school and in life is stress-inducing. Although children can learn adaptive skills as they progress, some youngsters respond by shutting down. They have serious difficulty communicating what they are experiencing. This can lead to inappropriate acting out behaviors, or behaviors of withdrawal and saddness. Karen Cuthrell, our guest on this program, has developed an excellent way to encourage all children to not only identify feelings, but to understand that all feelings, even anger, are appropriate and have their function and place. Through colorful characters and attention-grabbing songs, Karen lifts youngsters up as she entertains them, and she shows parents and teachers how to do the same. In this program, Karen discusses the importance of providing consistency and modeling good communication. ”

“Ashley Elementary is using the work of Karen D. Cuthrell to teach students that bullying is never OK. Such lessons are especially relevant this month; October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Teachers have been using Cuthrell’s “Meet the Feeling Friends” to facilitate a wider discussion on the topic. In the world created by Cuthrell, a slew of cuddly critters live on Feeling Friends Island, but their world of peace and mutual respect is disrupted by a newcomer, Billy Bully the Billy Goat, who wreaks havoc everywhere he goes. Last Friday, Ashley students brought Cuthrell’s characters to life as they performed “No Bullying…It’s About Love!” In the show, each Feeling Friend Island resident, including Lotta Love the LovaRoo, tells Billy Bully how they feel when he bullies them. Their words eventually convince him that his bullying ways are harmful. ”

““Most parents would agree that few things are as important as helping children to understand their own feelings and learn to express them in healthy ways. This musical CD, based on a book by author Karen Cuthrell, is a playful, pleasant, and effective way to do just that. Children can sing along with songs such as 'I am Angry Because,' and 'Happy as Happy Can Be,' and learn to put words to what they are feeling in the moment. Among our favorite musical selections were Griswald the Grumpy Grizzly, Shy Butterfly, and Slumpy Blues. A Meet the Feeling Friends companion book is available for the same price as the CD. While the book and CD are available for purchase separately, the visual and written elements of the book combine well with the music and expressive character voices on the recording to reinforce one another for an even stronger learning experience.” ”

Tillywig Brain Child Winner

“The content quality of the Meet the Feeling Friends audio CD was nothing but great! The flow of the storyline which is in the first 16 tracks of the CD was simple and easy to understand for a child. It was also very well matched for the target age group intended. The remaining tracks of the CD, (17-31), was a absolutely well done. It was an excellent combination of various styles of rhythm and so much more which is quite beneficial to a child. The Meet the Feeling Friends audio CD pulls a perfect score in this category. ”

““Teaching kids to share their toys is one thing. Teaching kids to accurately express, articulate and share their feelings is a whole other ball game. A new series of books is hot off the presses that have finally made our jobs are parents a whole lot easier. Meet The Feeling Friends has been a bedtime hit here ever since we first cracked it's pages a few weeks ago. Perfect length for bedtime (about 5 minutes read aloud), it's sure to not only entertain but teach through rhymes and beautiful illustrations.””


““I love that Meet the Feeling Friends not only identifies the feeling, but that it offers the acceptable ways to deal with the emotions. It is important that kids are able to identify what they are feeling and I think it is important to start working on it as early as you can!””

Go Graham Go!

““As a parent, one of my hardest jobs (in my humble opinion) is helping my children sort out their feelings Through the use of 12 different characters, very real feelings come to life in the pages of this book. With the simple but unerring illustrations (for instance, the use of color to portray an emotion, i.e. purple for lonely, red for anger) and the lively rhyming cadences, the Feeling Friends™ really do help your child put words to what he or she is feeling. Which, in turn, can lead to better behavior (since my kids, like yours, can get frustrated and act out when they cannot tell us WHAT they are feeling and so we don't understand and cannot help).””

Did You See That?

““At 2 1/2 years old, my daughter absolutely loves this book. She knows the characters names and how they are feeling. She can relate to the feelings of the characters in the book and it helps her to practice telling us with words how she is feeling. As a mommy and a former pre-kindergarten teacher I highly recommend this book.””

Our Happy Beginnings

““The book itself is brightly illustrated and it captured my daughter’s interest immediately, even as young as she is. The sing-song words that go with each character were equally appealing to her as I read. I love how the book talks about how we all have feelings and they all have a proper time and place. Even better, KK talks about how we each need to respect the other people’s feelings just like we want ours to be respected. It sounds like a concept that is hard to grasp for young children, but it is worded so easily and understandably that even a young child is going to understand what is being said.””

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