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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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Listen to Eloise Greenfield recite her poetry in fab video for Thinker

Buy Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me  Poetry and puppy fans alike will be thrilled to learn that we’ve just released a new book trailer for Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. Listen to Eloise Greenfield read two of her poems with her beautiful and magnetising voice, and watch the beautiful illustrations bring Thinker and Jace to life. Thinker is a fab collection of children’s poems which explore the friendship between Jace and his puppy Thinker. Jace and…

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Thinker: a really fun exploration of poetry

Buy Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me Read a wonderful review of Thinker from Juno Magazine: Thinker is a new puppy who, when he creates a poem, says the words rather than barks. He loves that his family are accepting of this, but they worry he might embarrass Jace if he reveals his talents to others. In the end, on Pet’s Day, Thinker is allowed to go to school with Jace and can’t resist speaking poetry, but everyone…

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Alive Again opens the door to understanding loss in any form

By Lindsey Jones* Just last year after my second year of college, I lost my mother to stage four pancreatic cancer.  There were so many initial thoughts that went through my mind regarding the situation, many of them being experiences I would never have with her or that she would never be able to see.  I could no longer have Downton Abbey or Sherlock marathons with her over Cadbury Eggs and English Breakfast Tea.  I no longer had my best…

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Alive Again: a thought-provoking book

Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Margaret Pemberton for Armadillo Magazine:    This simple but very effective book follows a young boy’s thoughts as he contemplates the cycle of nature and whether words die.  The thoughts are about simple things such as ‘blossom’, ‘wheat’ and ‘journey’, but they start the reader thinking about the meaning of words and about how personal experience can affect our understanding. This is a charming and thought-provoking book which…

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