Fanni's Big Feelings
Identifying and Naming Emotions
by Authors Julia Pöyhönen & Heidi Livingston, Illustrator Linnea Bellamine, Publisher Kumma-kustannus
Fanni, the little elephant, and her mother are going to a village party. Fanni is feeling excited and curious. However, everything does not go as planned. After an unfortunate ball-throwing game, Fanni is suddenly overcome by a big lump of emotions that she cannot name. Fanni is ashamed and feels that she is different from others. Fanni’s mother gives her a task, through which she notices that there are emotions everywhere. Will Fanni succeed in melting the lump of emotions away?
Fanni’s Big Feelings teaches the concept of an emotional lump - the experience of having
multiple feelings at once or having difficulty identifying one’s emotions or reasons behind
them. The story and the exercises offer an opportunity to practice naming and identifying
emotions. These skills create the foundation for learning other social and emotional skills.
The Fanni series includes six books and a deck of Feeling’s Cards. Each book includes an illustrated story, practical theoretical information for parents, teachers, and caregivers, and exercises for children and adults. Each Fanni book is written so that just by listening to the story, children learn one specific emotional processing skill that they can start using right away. The series is targeted for 4-7-year olds.
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There’s something truly touching and healing in the book Fanni’s Big Feelings. I
was like Fanni - a child with big feelings. When I read this book, the young child in me feels heard and seen. I am so grateful for that.
These books are hands down amazing! This is a learning experience for both parents and children.
Soft and warm. That’s how I felt after reading this book.
Cute illustrations, wonderful characters, plenty of useful information and practical
tips also for adults.
When I first saw the books, I immediately knew that my kids would fall in love with
them. And that’s exactly what happened. After we read the first one, they quickly
wanted to read the rest.
I was immediately interested when I heard about these books. I was doubtful if my
kids would be interested though. But I thought to give it a try and ordered three of
the books. We have read the first one now and today they asked for more Fanni for a
The books have beautiful illustrations and versatile exercises to improve emotional
processing skills. I especially liked how the books represent different kinds of families.
We are so lucky that there are these kind of perfect picture books these days with an
important message, information for parents/professionals, and even exercises at the end! I have read the book both in the
role of a parent and as an educator and in both situations it has been very well received.
These books discuss even powerful emotional experiences in a humane, gentle, and non-judgemental way that make it easy for children to understand. The animal characters in the books are relatable with their witty comments. We had some really
good conversations with my kids after reading these books. I highly recommend
these for every family.
My firstborn is just like Fanni: empathic and social with big emotions. After having had
a night of big feelings, my child brought me the book Fanni’s Big Feelings last night and
asked to read it at bedtime “because I feel weird right now and I want to get that lump
out.” An amazing thing for a 7-year-old to recognize!
Julia Pöyhönen and Heidi Livingston are Finnish psychologists who specialize in supporting families. Their motto is: reliable psychological information belongs to everyone! Julia and Heidi coach families and professionals in themes regarding child development and parenting, and as part of this work have created practical materials to support the development of social and emotional skills. Julia works with families in Finland and Heidi is a children’s therapist in the United States.
The book’s expressive, enchanting illustrations are the work of Linnea Bellamine.
- Publisher Kumma-kustannus
- Publication Date August 2019
- Orginal LanguageFinnish
- ISBN/Identifier 9789523701403
- Publication Country or regionFinland
- Publish StatusPublished
- Original Language TitleFanni ja suuri tunnemöykky
- Copyright Year2019
- Dimensions215 x 215 mm
- SeriesFanni series
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