By: Rilla Alexander
Published: April 4, 2023
Publisher: Chronicle Kids
Based on the author’s nephew who she features in the book, children will realize that not everything in life can be measured or tracked. Kids like to use rulers to measure things. They like to see how far they can jump, how tall they are, or how far they can throw. But, you can’t really measure how kind you are or how much you are loved.
The bright and colorful illustrations engage children and the use of adjectives and verbs to describe feelings and actions is great for adding to their vocabulary. Is your child struggling with how to name their emotions? The “How happy are you?” page offers all kinds of feelings from ecstatic to out of sorts to disappointed to overjoyed. Your child can measure how brave they are which will open a conversation about what might help them feel braver.
The ultimate message is that no matter how they measure up, they will always be loved immeasurably. There isn’t a ruler that measures feelings, but you can remind your child how much they are loved every day.
Rilla Alexander is an Australian-born designer, illustrator, and author whose work has appeared on everything from toys and teacups to buses and buildings. She explores creativity, ideas, and language through simple characters, graphic forms, and bold colors, inspiring both children and adults through books and workshops. Her books include A Bear Sat on My Porch Today, the TouchWords series, Motor Mix: Emergency, and Motor Mix: Flight. She lives in South Pasadena, California. Visit her website, HERE.