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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite
Guess How Marion Feels is a children’s picture book written by Miss Kaye with illustrations by Miss Waitthk. The story follows Marion on his first day of school and asks readers to figure out his emotions in every scene. Marion wakes up excited about his first day of school, but the thought of meeting new people scares him. The moment he steps into his class, Marion is surprised by all the bright colors, toys, and art. He joins his classmates in a coloring task, but things do not go as planned, and Marion goes through different emotions throughout the day. Get a copy of this book and learn to read emotions by studying Marion’s expressions.
Guess How Marion Feels was refreshing to read because it was fun and had a unique concept. The book teaches children how to identify and handle emotions and lets children experience the first day of school from a fellow child's perspective. The author guides readers on what to notice on Marion’s face and from his body language, then asks them how he is feeling. I loved this idea because it is engaging and relatable. Children will compare their reactions to Marion’s and determine how they feel with different experiences. The book will help children develop their emotional and mental awareness and help them relate to others. Marion is an adorable character that many children will relate to and have fun getting to know. Adults and children will find familiarity in his reactions and see themselves through his eyes. The illustrations perfectly corresponded with the story, and the bright colors made the book visually appealing to read. I highly recommend parents and caregivers read this book with their children and teach each other how to recognize and control emotions.