Crying is Like the Rain

  • Title: Crying is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings
  • Author: Heather Hawk Feinberg
  • Illustrator: Chamisa Kellogg
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication year: 2020
  • Brief Summary: From Tilbury-“Is it possible we’ve misunderstood crying all along? That’s the discovery one big sister sets out to share with her little brother as they walk to school and get caught in a storm. Along the way they explore sadness, loneliness, fear, frustration, anger and more, through gentle metaphor. Their journey examines our tears revealing how they begin, why they happen, and what to do with them. Throughout the book, the message received is that we are safe in our emotional experiences and that feelings, like the weather, come and go. This is an empowering story about navigating and understanding our feelings as a healthy, important, and very natural part of our lives.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this teacher’s guide from Tilbury that gives discussion questions before the reading and then after. I think this book would be great for elementary school students.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I liked the illustrations which goes through the cycles of a rainstorm and ends with a beautiful illustration of our protagonist running toward the sunlight. There is a great author’s note at the end, and a mindfulness exercise for children to do.

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