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Picture books: a way for children to better understand stressful situations

How picture books can help to discuss difficult topics Buy Alive Again (hardback, Paperback)   By Samantha Brown When one of my friends, Katie, was five years old, her dad suddenly died. Not really sure how to explain it to her young daughter, Katie’s mom turned to a picture book. This book introduced Katie to the topic of death and helped her find a way to cope with her sudden loss. Her mom shared the book with other…

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Make any story MINE!

By Pippa Goodhart* I’ve just had the lovely experience of doing a storytelling session at the Petfringe festival in West Sussex.  I was sharing two Tiny Owl stories, The Clever Mouse and A Bottle of Happiness, with a small group of children, and their intent faces as they listened were a joy.  Because they were reacting so much to the stories events and emotions, it encouraged me to ‘up’ the expressiveness with which I read,…

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Video: Tiny Owl and Pippa Goodhart at Greenwich Book Festival 2017

Tiny Owl joined the fun at Greenwich Book Festival 2017, in the majestic setting of the Royal Observatory, for an event with the author of A Bottle of Happiness, Pippa Goodhart! Pippa read her book to a packed room full of children and parents. The children then suggested what they might put in a bottle of happiness, and made their own to take home! Here you can see a film of this wonderful event. See…

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Video: Tiny Owl and Alia Alzougbi at Greenwich Book Festival

Tiny Owl joined the fun at Greenwich Book Festival 2017, in the majestic setting of the Royal Observatory, for two events featuring our stories by Rumi! Storyteller Alia Alzougbi performed Rumi’s fable The Jackal Who Thought he was a Peacock and dressed up in a truly fabulous costume! She also gave a traditional pardekhani performance of Rumi’s The Parrot and the Merchant, complete with a beautiful canvas of Marjan Vafaian’s illustrations. Afterwards children could make their…

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Video: Tiny Owl at the Hay Festival

Tiny Owl had three events at the world-renowned celebration of literature, the Hay International Festival. In this sleepy Welsh village, the fun doesn’t stop just because the sun has gone in! Pippa Goodhart read A Bottle of Happiness, and afterwards children (and grown-ups!) were able to write down what made them happy and create their own bottles to take home. And later in the day, Alia Alzougbi gave a pardekhani performance of Rumi’s fable The…

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