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Smile / Cry by Tania McCartney & Jess Racklyeft


It's Toddler Book Talk Tuesday and today I want to talk about emotions. While most of you have never really seen me smile, I do. If you lived in my household you can even hear my screams of laughter while I run around the house. I've also been on the other end of the spectrum as well where you would hear my cries. My cries of sorrow because someone ate the last of fruit snack without my permission or my I just fell and hurt myself cry. So I bet you're wondering, what does my emotion have to do with a book? Well, what better way to introduce you to today's book, Smile / Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad - how do you feel today? by authors Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft. The famous quote "How much do I love you? Let me count the ways." is reminiscent throughout this book. How many ways can you smile or cry? Well let me share the ways.


Smile / Cry is not your typical run of the mill book but is a rather unique flip over picture book (with words and beautifully colored illustrations) that you can read from either front or back. You get to follow three darling characters in the book - cat, piglet and bunny - as they react to the various situations going on in their life. While I've never thought of the different ways that we can smile or cry, this book brings it to the forefront.


Smile/Cry format as I mentioned before is not your typical flip book. The Smile story reads from front to back while the Cry story reads from back to front. While I've never before thought of my emotions besides I smile when I'm happy or I cry when I'm sad, Smile/Cry is a great way to get kids to identify their emotions. For example in the book you get to see "I didn't mean it cry" or the "this is going to be good smile". The "tickle smile" is most certainly different from the "goodbye cry". However they all come together with a most delightful "Or maybe, just maybe, it's... a wrapped in a cuddle smile/cry".


Smile/Cry is one of those books that would get you thinking. While I didn't think that there were so many different smiles or cries, it was good to know that there is one for so many different things. It's also a book about friendship. We see how close Cat, Piglet and Bunny are and how they share in each other's joy and sorrow. Parents and kids can engage in this delightful book. This book is recommended for ages 3+ and is perfect for those precocious toddlers and pre-schoolers. After all how many ways did you think you could smile/cry. I can now think of a few more. What about the my big brother never lets me play with his toys cry? Or even the I can't believe I got to eat candy and it's not Halloween smile? There are so many way. I couldn't begin to praise Smile/Cry enough and it's why it gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!


Let's discuss: How many different ways can you smile or cry, have you thought about it? 

Annmarie John
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  1. What a great way to teach littles about feelings and emotions. I want to get this book for my young nieces.

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    1. And I think that you most definitely should. They'll love it.

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  2. This looks like such a cute book and I like that it can be read 2 different ways. This looks like the perfect book for both my niece and nephew. My niece is just old enough to start realizing the difference between emotions and their names (thanks to Aunt Jess introducing her to Doctor Who. Talk about emotions!) ;)

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    1. Can you believe that I've only seen Dr. Who a handful of times? I think that your niece would love this book.

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  3. I have thought about it! And I'd love to think about it some more. I love the candy when it's not Halloween one. That one is special.

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    1. That one most certainly is and I think that is definitely my favorite smile too. :)

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  4. I've never really thought of the ways that people cry or smile. What a unique book. I'm sure I smile and cry in lots of ways without really thinking of it.

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    1. I'm sure I do too, like when I'm reading and replying to comments. I have that I can't believe that person said that smile. :)

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  5. So going have to check these out, especially for my younger daughter who I think would still enjoy as my older is already reading chapter books now. ;)

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    1. It's actually one book flipped over. I personally think they would both enjoy it and you can have a discussion on the ways that they smile/cry. :)

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  6. I love how many books are coming out to teach kids about identifying and dealing with emotions. It's so cool and very much needed.

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  7. This sounds like a very sweet book with an important message. I think kids would love the pictures.

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    1. I totally agree with both the pictures and the message.

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  8. What an interesting and cute book! The illustrations are great too. Toddlers would love this book. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. While it's great for toddlers, it's recommended more for pre-schoolers.

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  9. That's kinda cool! I like the "2 for one" idea - great learning tool for the kiddos!

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    1. I most certainly agree. It's a great learning tool.

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  10. My kids love to read. This is a creative way to create a conversation.

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    1. It sure is a great way to create conversation.

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  11. Awwwww what a perfect book for little ones!!!! I need to get my toddler s copy of this!

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    1. And I think you most definitely should.

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