Hairy Maclary and Friends How Do I Feel? | Book Review

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How are Hairy Maclary, Scarface Claw, Zachary Quack and all their friends feeling? Lynley Dodd is back with a delightful board book designed to help little ones identify and express their emotions – Hairy Maclary and Friends How Do I Feel?

Lift the flaps and learn about feelings with the help of rascally Hairy Maclary and all his rollicking friends!

Happy or sad?
Mischievous or mad?

This very special first concepts board book is designed to help babies and toddlers learn the words to express how they are feeling, with Lynley Dodd’s delightful and funny animal characters leading the way.

Want to know more? Read the review from Indie’s mum below

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Reading with Indie

While books are an important part of our daily routine, Indie (2.5 years) is at an age where they need to be robust enough to withstand her turning the pages (“me do it!”) so this Hairy Maclary book will stand the test of time in our house with the thick card pages that can’t be ripped.

Indie loved taking control in this book and was so excited to open up the flaps and see what was underneath. We had a lot of fun playing a guessing game as to what emotion each animal is experiencing in the pictures and then she copied their expressions. Although Indie is too young to actually read the words in the book, I loved how I could use it to teach her about making predictions using the other info on the pages, before she lifted the flap. I asked her “what’s under there?” and “how would that make you feel?” and she could work out what she might find, also enabling her to play a part in the story by saying out loud what she saw and how she interpreted it.

Hairy Maclary and Friends How Do I Feel?
Hairy Maclary and Friends How Do I Feel?
Hairy Maclary and Friends How Do I Feel?

Emotions and feelings are so important at Indie’s age, and she is in the process of working out what they all mean and trying to understand them better. This book helped me to explain to her that all feelings are normal and that there is always a place for them.

There is also a humorous element to the book, catering to both parents and toddlers, so we had lots of giggles as we read together. Definitely a book worth buying if you have a toddler in the family, especially one who likes to do everything themselves and who may be small, but has big feelings!

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Fun with Hairy Maclary and Friends

Hairy Maclary Activity Sheets

Join Hairy Maclary and get creative with these free downloadable activities.

Will you Spot which Scarface Claw is different, bake some bone shaped cookies, help Hairy Maclary find his bone, untangle some balloons or some of the other fun activities?

Choose and download activities

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