Aroha's Way - A Children's Guide through Emotions
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Aroha’s Way is a bestselling picture book for children around uncomfortable emotions; fear, apprehension, worrying thoughts and nervousness with ways to manage them.
Here are just a few reviews:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “My five-year-old boy enjoyed the book upon first reading. The next day, I found him reading the book by himself during a stressful moment: "I'm looking for one of Aroha's Ways to calm myself, Mum." Clearly, the message got through. Thank you!” Paula
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A beautiful, precious book, easy to follow and written in a way that is understandable and relatable. My 3 almost 4-year-old moko enjoyed it, and it created further kōrero and questions between us. I wish there were books like this when we were growing up!” Keriana
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “My 7-yr old struggles with anxiety - so much so that it affects her breathing every time she gets slightly stressed. We had previously tried talking it through and belly breathing exercises. But it took this book - and Aroha showing her the way - before she really opened up and practiced these techniques. The book is such a beautifully written and illustrated piece - it's easy for both of us to read. The notes at the back really got the conversation flowing too. Thank you for this book. I was finding it difficult to get through to my daughter. Obviously she needed to see it through Aroha's eyes first to normalise her own emotions.” Kim
About the book:
Come along on a journey with Aroha, as she wards off nervousness, fear, worrying thoughts and apprehension, with simple, yet effective tools that everyone can use.
From award-winning New Zealand author and illustrator, Craig Phillips, creator of
The Adventures of Jack Scratch and Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts (winner of the Russell Clark Award for Illustration at the New Zealand Book Awards 2018).
“Aroha’s Way is a beautiful, descriptive and relatable book – an important book – helping children to normalise, understand and even develop their own tools for dealing with their feelings.” – Jenny Palmer, Author of Feel a Little.
This beautiful picture books takes children on a journey through emotions associated with anxiety and shows simple yet effective ways to help manage them. Aroha shows children a tool that she uses for each emotion which includes; movement or exercise, belly breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, mindfulness and connecting with others and sharing our worries.
At the back of the book, there is a section for parents and/or teachers to explore the tools in more depth. This section expands on the beautiful poem and opens up conversations with our children. Asking questions around those emotions to make it easier for children to recognise the emotion, and then a simple way to manage it.
At Wildling Books we believe these tools will be invaluable for children and can be used for a lifetime.
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Like Minds, Like Mine in helping to make this book possible.
Download our FREE A2 poster of Aroha's Belly Breathing for your home, school, kindy or workplace ... HERE.
Paperback - 36 pages
Size: Landscape 210x225
Dr Hinemoa Elder, MBChB, FRANZCP, PhD - "An exquisitely moving read. This book will help empower our tamariki mokopuna."
Jimi Hunt - "In order to change our culture of greatly increasing mental illness, we need to tell stories ... this is one of those stories. Beautifully told and illustrated, it is another tool in the education of our young people in how to deal with emotions and increase their mental fitness."
Dr Suzanne Henwood, mBraining4Success - "This is a beautifully illustrated and cleverly written book to help children find a way back to calm."
I would highly recommend this book to my friends and family. It is a lovely simple story and very relatable at a child’s level. I can read this book with my two preschool age children. We use the tools in the book to teach us how to cope with overwhelming feelings. My children have got to know breathing techniques. Its great for our family.
Lovely and Useful
We bought two of this, one for home and one to give to kindergarten - every kid who's seen it was immediately drawn to it and the suggestions in it are easy and accessible. Very lovely and useful.
Awesome. Beautiful paper, words and pictures.
I read it to a little pre-schooler and changed the name to 'Annabells Way' to personalise it for her. I am about to gift it to an 11 year old called Aroha!
Arohas way and ECE
I brought this book to read to my class of 3-5 year olds after reading only once the next day they requested it and some remembered the breathing and started doing it as I read.