Explore overcoming negative emotion and feelings with this bright and uplifting picturebook by Michelle Robinson and Tom Knight.
If you’d like a fun-filled way to grab children’s attention and fire thoughtful discussions about emotional wellbeing, then Jelly’s story will give you a head start.
A madcap food-themed premise sets the scene for a rhyming rollercoaster of a tale, but there’s plenty of heart and depth in this story, too, as it explores how we react to challenges and how we can help each other to be stronger than we think.
Anxiety affects us all, and self-doubt can really sap our confidence. We don’t have to enjoy the limelight – we’re all different, and not everyone wants to be the star of the show.
But we do need to understand ourselves so that we can support each other and deal with the challenges that come our way.
Tom Knight’s expressive characters help children connect with this emotional landscape, creating fertile ground for rich and rewarding discussions about wellbeing and empathy, and the setting and storyline are full of possibilities for cross-curricular activities.
Carey Fluker Hunt is a freelance writer, creative learning consultant and founder of Cast of Thousands (castofthousands.co.uk), a teacher’s resource featuring a selection of the best children’s books and related cross-curricular activities.