Ahhhh, Sunday. Today’s plan: Jersey diner Breakfast (YES!) and a visit to the massive discount book warehouse (Double YES!) I love these two things. Seriously. Meat of the Gods, AKA bacon, followed by perusing the book warehouse. This book warehouse is packed to the gills with really cool books of all kinds, but has an especially large amount of children’s books. In all honesty it makes me want to run through the isles like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. I probably won’t because it would be weird, and I would most likely trip. But maybe I will. I guess it will depend on how excited I am after eating bacon.
Anywhoo, I digress. What I wanted to say before I was overcome with thoughts of books and bacon, is that I was looking up new children’s book releases to make a list for this bookstore trip and I came across this title that looked really interesting: Healing Hearts of Nature: Five Therapeutic Fables for Children. It’s from 2009, so it’s not exactly new-but it’s new to me.
Turns out this book IS really interesting. Here’s the book description:
Healing Hearts of Nature: Five Therapeutic Fables for Children, is the first read-a-aloud book of a self-help series for parents and children. Through the use of funny, charismatic, and innocent characters that experience day-to-day situations such as being bullied, skipping school, experiencing low self-esteem, or being single parented, not only are the fables perfect as bedtimes stories, but are therapeutic in nature. The book is appropriate for children of ages 7-12, but the involvement of parents, mental health professionals, or teachers, is strongly recommended for the healing process to take place.
How cool does that sound? I especially like the way that the author, Marisol Blanco, discusses how to get the most out of the book:
Marisol Blanco wrote the book, Healing Hearts of Nature: Five Therapeutic Fables for Children, with the intention of assisting children in discussing some of their most commonly experienced problems. The fables have characters that go through experiences with which children can easily identify. Although children can read the fables on their own, the book will be the most helpful if adults such as parents, teachers, or other persons, who interact with children, can make the reading and discussion a playful and entertaining activity.
The Companion Guide for the book can be used as an additional resource for adults and children with possible topics for discussion and ways to address them. It can be used in a variety of settings such as daycare centers, home, or therapy sessions, and can be processed individually or in a group format.
More about this book HERE.
Using tools like this to help kids identify and express their emotions provides children with an invaluable skill that they will use for their entire lives. People (children and adults alike) that can express themselves in a safe and productive way have less tendency to be violent or depressed, generally have less anxiety, and connect better with others, creating more solid and healthy relationships. Sounds good to me.
I think this book would be a great addition to household, school, and therapists’ book shelves.
And now, I am off to the land of bacon (I know, “shut up about the bacon already lady!”) and the giant land of discount books. I’ll share any gems I find in my next post.