Heidi Stacy feels that the most important lesson is, “when we feel good, we do good!”
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A funny inside feeling has frog figuring out how to be happy again!

"Hoppy Feelings is a terrific book!

It highlights the most important issue in raising wonderful children–

paying attention to their feelings."

~Dr. Paul Holinger, M.D., M.P.H.
Dean of Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

What is Hoppy Feelings about?

Hoppy Feelings is the story of a frog hopping through his day. When he has a funny inside message--a feeling, he tells us to "Check it out" (name the feeling) and "Work it out" (do something about it). The tale becomes a model for us all to take care of unsettling feelings right away. Doing so can make or break our day.

"Hoppy" Review

An read-to or beginning reader book that helps children identify and talk about their feelings...without bulky wording or annoying psychobabble. Full of fun and love. Great gift for all the little ones in your life.
-Gail Grenier, author via Amazon.com


Teaming Up for Kids' "Hoppy Health!"

Illustrator, Dale Jackson and Author, Heidi Stacy

Join our team and you will be "hoppy" too!

Heidi Stacy is a former kindergarten teacher and is still working toward adding joy and happiness to the world of children!!!


Dale Jackson is a former Milwaukee police detective, still working for "hoppy", peaceful solutions with his comical drawings.

A few pages
from "Hoppy Feelings"


What is the subject of this story?

The more we learn about and understand emotions (feelings), the more capable we are at managing whatever comes our way.


Where does the story take place?

It takes place around a pond. Charming characters try to guide frog in his quest to identify and do something with his funny inside feeling.


Is there something special you would like the reader to take away from the story?

"Check it out". "Work it out".


Why I wrote Hoppy Feelings

Strong, positive emotional health is key to "quality everything in life" - happiness, physical health, positive relationships, self-esteem, strong cognitive development, creativity, problem solving, love, kindness, and acceptance. This book is a reminder to myself and the world: Feelings need immediate attention. When they are hidden or avoided, inside troubles brew.

Feelings are an important part of education for all of us.


Our feelings matter. When we feel good, we do good.

A note from
Dr. Paul C. Holinger
about "Hoppy Feelings"

"Hoppy" Review

We received our book, Heidi, and we just love it!!! Brynna loves to identify the facial expressions! What a wonderful way to help kiddos "check it out and work it out!" We like the words and the rhyming and the pictures are great too!

I'm definitely buying this for teachers and friends!...and by the way...
we still do Back Rub-A-Dubs! Thank you so much for our book!!!


-Robyn Martin via Facebook

Other books about emotion that I recommend:

Children's Books


The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

Learn what "magic" a smile can do.


What Are You So Grumpy About? by Tom Lichtenheld

Turn your grumpy feelings around reading about hilarious  things to be grumpy about. You'll be glad you don't have this kind of "grumpy"!


Birdy's Smile by Laurie Keller

View comical pictures of feelings and learn "feeling" vocabulary to help name your own feeling messages.


Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean

In the author's own words, "Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying. Sometimes it's hard when things don't go your way-it can make a piggy angry and sad. How can young piggies find a peaceful way to relax and regroup? They can Meditate!"


I Think. I Am. by Louise Hay

An important guide to build positive beliefs and feelings within your child.
Affirmations (words you think or say and believe to be true) are building blocks for a happy life.



Grown-Up Books

What Babies Say Before They Can Talk: The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings
by Paul C. Holinger M.D., M.P.H.

Don't miss this one!!!!!! Help understanding feelings from signals humans give from birth through all ages and stages. Phenomenal research written for use with those we love.....with anyone you know who has ever had a feeling.


Baby Hearts by Linda Acredolo PH.D. and Susan Goodwyn PH.D.

Birth to 5 emotional development descriptions and ideas. One of the best!!!


The I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey Ph.D.

Add more "love" traditions to your family.

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