Theo’s Mood

A Book of Feelings

It’s Mood Monday and Miss Cady’s class is sharing how they feel after the weekend. But Theo doesn’t know whether he’s in a good mood or a bad mood. He has a new baby sister and he isn’t just happy like Eric who got a new bike or sad like April who lost her dog. As Theo’s classmates discuss all their feelings, he realizes he’s not in a good mood or a bad mood—he’s all those things!

  • 24 Pages
  • 9" x 9"
  • 9780807577783
  • September 2013

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  • The situations his classmates describe are all easily relatable for preschoolers, and the bold, playful illustrations make the moods recognizable and the characters distinct.

    - ForeWord Reviews

  • Cocca-Leffler’s friendly mixed-media illustrations telegraph each child’s emotions clearly, and her story underscores the idea that good and bad moods aren’t mutually exclusive.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • It’s refreshing to see that his classmates are supportive and help him to understand that mixed emotions are part of being a big brother. It’s also refreshing that the children are encouraged to express their feelings, both positive and negative.

    - School Library Journal

  • Both the text and the bright, expressive illustrations focus squarely on Theo and his friends, with a developmentally appropriate, low priority on the baby…Cocca-Leffler once again demonstrates her understanding of small children and the complexities of their emotions.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The new-brother storyline adds a nice framework to the typical grocery list of feelings, and the storyline helpfully results in each mood’s getting more than one possible motivation.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Common Core

RL.K-1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 M.K.CC.5

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