We all struggle at one point or another (sometimes at several points in our lives) with the frustrations of fitting into a peer group, understanding our own internal thought processes, and building self-esteem. This book opens doors to these lifelong conversations when it's most important - during early childhood. Starting a dialogue about difficult issues benefits children, teachers, and parents. This book is a fantastic facilitator of that conversation.
Touching on subjects such as ADHD, bullying, mood disorders, physical challenges, and a sense of genuine friendship through sharing and inclusion... this beautiful book is kind, supportive, and non-judgmental in its reminders of the strength of others and the rich tapestries of our differences.
The unique artistry found inside the pages is not to be missed. Vibrant paper mosaics illustrating children of all ages, and in diverse situations, adds to the outreach of the book's message. Although this may be a mental health primer, the artwork reaches across all age groups, and invites discussion of difficult topics. The art relaxes the reader, and helps build a bridge between concept and conversation.
I can certainly see this book as a positive conversation starter inside multi-generational families, with teachers and counselors, and as an outreach tool for community service groups. It is my hope that future books will focus on specific areas, and expand the conversational opportunities.
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