Our hearts can feel so many different feelings, some make our hearts feel “as heavy as an elephant” or “like a big yellow star, shiny and bright.” This whimsical, visually-appealing picture book uses simple yet descriptive language, as well as relatable similes and metaphors to explore a wide scope of feelings, empowering young readers with rich vocabulary and offering examples of how to articulate and identify emotions. Appropriate for readers in Grade K–5, “In My Heart” lends itself well to activities and lessons related to social-emotional learning. As a read-aloud, it may invite further self-reflection and rich class discussions about emotional awareness in interactions with friends and family. Additionally, teachers may use the similes and metaphors in this book to inspire creative thinking skills and writing activities. Log in to read the full review.