Chapter 1 “Oliver and His Big bowl of Feelings” Program

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This is the story of Oliver, the boy who was brave enough to talk about his feelings. 

CHAPTER 1 Let’s meet Oliver

It was busy as usual this morning in the tiny village of Anse De Pie. Yes, you read that correctly, the village is called Anse De Pie, and nobody really knows why. The villagers, however, are very proud of the name and don’t want it to change, and funny enough, they all love pie. Anse De Pie is a small village on Dot Island, a beautiful island in the Caribbean. There are lots of mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lovely beaches, and a really cool lush rainforest. This is the village where Oliver lives, with his parents and dog Mr. Silly. Oliver has named his dog Mr. Silly because he can be really, well, you guessed it, silly. Anse De Pie is a coastal village situated on a mountain with a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea.

This is the story about Oliver and how brave he was to talk about his feelings. First things first, Oliver would like to introduce himself.  

Oliver and Mister Silly


Hi readers and listeners, I’m Oliver, 8 years old. I love to go to school and play with my friends and, of course, with my dog, Mr. Silly. My teacher is Ms. James. You know, she can be very strict, but she always encourages us to do our best. She is the best teacher in the whole world, and we love it when she tells one of her many stories or cracks one of many funny jokes. I will share one of her jokes, and it will make your belly shake from laughing. I just know it will. Here it is: Why do sharks swim in salt water? Because pepper water makes them sneeze, of course.

Oliver has lots of friends. There is Tom, who can never sit still in class, Kayla, who talks way too much, Joep, who recently moved here from the Netherlands, and finally Abigail, who he secretly has a crush on. Shhh, please don’t tell anyone. 

Life is great in Anse De Pie. Every day, when Oliver comes home from school, his mom is there waiting for him with cacao tea and freshly baked mastiff bread. After he finishes his homework, he always meets his dad on the farm. Oliver loves spending time on the farm, and he is proud to help his dad feed the chickens or carry the eggs to the shed. 

Oliver has asked his dad permission to invite his friends to come over and visit the farm. Oliver’s father is a proud farmer, and he would love to show Oliver’s friends the chickens and the pigs, the pawpaw tree, and the lettuce and carrot beds. 

Jumping up and down with joy, Oliver walks home from the farm, and in his head, he is already planning the afternoon. Of course, his friends have to get permission from their parents, but Oliver is convinced that will not be a problem. He hopes his mom will have cacao tea and fresh bread when his friends come over.

That night, Oliver has trouble falling asleep, as his head is spinning with ideas for the day when Tom, Kayla, Joep, and Abigail are coming to visit. Then he remembers something Ms. James once taught in class, a breathing exercise to calm himself down, and while doing his belly breathing Oliver soon falls asleep.


Age10+ Write How do you feel right now? By the way, if you are younger than 10 and like or love to write of course you can do the writing assignment too!

Writing about how you feel (age 10+) 

Please find a piece of paper and a pen or a pencil. Choose a quiet spot if possible and take a moment to relax. 

We have just met Oliver, his family, and his friends. And, of course, his dog, Mr. Silly. Oliver loves to go to school and play with his friends. Today he is very excited that his friends are coming to visit his dad’s farm.

When was the last time you were excited about something? Tell me about that time, what did you do, and how did you feel? Why was it so exciting? Even the smallest things can make you feel excited, like getting a good grade when you studied hard or your mom preparing your favorite snack when you did not expect it.

And while you are writing your story, I want you to know that it is ok to make mistakes because everybody makes mistakes. And remember, however you feel, it is ok, there is nothing wrong with feeling a certain way! I would love for you to share your story with me, please ask permission or help from your parents. And don’t forget to write down your name, so I know who it’s from.

Drawing/Crafting about how you feel

If possible, choose a quiet spot where you have enough space to work and take a moment to relax, so you can focus on your work.


What does excited look like to you? How does it feel? What color has it? What shape? What texture? And just so you know, whatever you choose to draw or craft is ok.


Oliver is really excited about inviting his friends to visit his dad’s farm. Draw or craft about feeling excited. When was the last time you were excited? Maybe when you knew you would get a new puppy or go back to school after all those months at home because of Covid. 

Use materials you can find around you and be creative. Do this before you start, so you have everything ready to start working on your artwork. Maybe draw yourself feeling excited? You can make a collage of colorful scraps of paper, don’t forget your crayons if you have them. Use your imagination; I know you can make something beautiful about what excitement looks like to you.

Would you like to send me a picture of your art? I would love to see what you made. Ask for help from your parents to email or WhatsApp me a picture of it. Don’t forget to write your name on it, so I know who’s artwork it is. 

Belly breathing.

You can lay down on the couch or on your bed and put one hand on your belly for this exercise. If you want, you can ask your favorite stuffed animal to join you by placing it on your stomach and holding it with one hand.

Slowly breathe in, and notice how your belly expands like a balloon.

Now slowly breathe out, and notice how your belly goes down again.

You can do this as often as you want and every time you feel like you need it.

You can practice this standing as well. Put one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. Try to only move your belly when you breathe in and not move your chest. I know it takes some practice, but I know you can do it. And don’t forget to breathe out.

This always makes me feel better.

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