That Uh-oh Feeling: A story about touch

That Uh-oh Feeling: A story about touch


By Kathryn Cole and Illustrated by Qin Leng


Claire knows something is not right when she gets that uh-oh feeling in her stomach

No matter how hard she tries, Claire can't kick the soccer ball in a straight line. Her coach steps in and places his hand on her shoulder, telling her that she's too pretty to wear a frown. When he tickles her later and asks her to keep it a secret, Claire doesn't know exactly what's wrong, but something just feels "weird." Too much flattery and too much contact give her that weird, uh-oh feeling.

She turns to her friends for help and learns that adults shouldn't ask kids to keep secrets about touch, so Claire tells her mother. By seeking help from others and talking about her feelings, the situation is resolved happily.

Book Five in the new I'm A Great Little Kid series, developed by Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre

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About the Author

Kathryn Cole has spent a forty-five-year career in children’s books as an illustrator, art director, editor, designer, and publisher at Scholastic, OUP, Stoddart Kids and Tundra Books. The books she has overseen have won multiple awards, including four Governor General’s Awards. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with BOOST in their crisis support and court preparation groups. She is co-managing editor at Second Story Press and lives in Toronto.

About the Illustrator

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China and lived in France before moving to Montreal. She always loved to illustrate the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. She now works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto.

Product Information

  • Release: April 5, 2016

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades 1-3

  • ISBN: 9781927583913


  • Character Education
    > Family & Friendship
    > Self-Esteem

  • Health & Phys Ed
    > Abuse

Awards for That Uh-Oh Feeling

  • Fall 2016 - Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens"

Praise for That Uh-Oh Feeling

"... another successful and meaningful book from Cole and Leng. The lesson that a child’s feelings are important comes through clearly and can lead to valuable discussion at home or at school. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A tough but important subject handled with care." - Kirkus Reviews

"The delicate issues covered in each book [in the I’m a Great Little Kid series] are presented in relatable and useful ways that will allow children to connect and find solutions for troublesome situations that they may encounter. Leng employs great identity and ethnic diversity in the cast of characters through bright, expressive, and simple illustrations perfect for young readers." - School Library Journal

"Once again, Kathryn Cole’s simple but in no way simplistic story brings up an important issue and lays out a course of action for children to take should they find themselves in this situation." - Resource Links

"Claire listened to her feelings and spoke to it about her friends, who confirmed to her what she already knew - to listen to her feelings and tell someone she can trust. As always, all these books [in the I'm a Great Little Kid series] offered great lessons, but wrapped into stories that are enjoyable and don’t sound preachy." - Inside Toronto