Hey Warrior - A book for kids about anxiety
What an amazing book this is! First of all, the illustrations are beautiful and very cute, appealing to both boys and girls. The colour combinations are very calming. The illustrator, Norvile Dovidonyte has very cleverly represented the amygdala (a part of the brain) in red grape colour with lots of swirls. The way she represented what I would describe as a false alarm (the amygdala protecting you from a tiny problem) is also very clever, as are many other situations in the book.
The author, Karen Young, a psychologist, uses empowering language throughout, such as warrior, brave, superhero, amazing, you are in charge, boss of your brain etc. Children are reassured that they are not alone as she says that people such as weight lifters and astronauts even get anxiety; and there are lots of kids that have anxiety.
Karen Young explains the role of the amygdala in language that is easy for kids to understand, using everyday examples that kids would know about.
This picture book doesn't have a story as such, or character names, but it is an excellent resource to use to explain the role of the amygdala, what happens inside your body when feeling anxious, what happens with your breathing and emotions, and how to relax. She teaches children how to do deep breathing.
Karen Young continues with the empowerment theme at the back of the book with positive words about a child's brain. When these words are read out by an adult to a child, the effect would be to boost a child's self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves. There are lists that kids can tick off, about their positive attributes, what they are like with other people, and what they are like when doing things. Their answers may give some insight into what they think of themselves which can lead to further discussion. For ages 5 to 8 years. RRP$16.95.
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