MURRAY & ME's idiom series is a delightful resource to help children cross the bridge from concrete to abstract thoughts.
Pete Twiddlefeet and Heart on his Sleeve:
Adults seldom carry their hearts on their sleeves. They prefer to hide it, keeping secrets. Children, on the other hand, bravely and honestly show how they feel.
When exactly do we become so self-conscious about our inner lives?At what moment do we decide to put up our shields and hide our hearts away?
No, Pete thought. Who would want to walk with his heart in his shoe?
I'd rather carry mine proudly on my sleeve!
For the first time in weeks, a big smile spread across Pete's face.
The smile was so big he could hook it around his ears.
He had made a decision. He never wanted to feel too shy to show what he was feeling ever again.