Aroha's Way - A Children's Guide through Emotions
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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."
Fantastic at described anxiety at a level kids can understand and relate to.
Every child should read this
Beautiful book through the words and illustrations. A bedtime favourite in our house:)
This is a fantastic book for children with anxiety or to teach them emotion regulation. I would love to see it in a hardcover and boardbook.
Well worth the wait for such a beautiful book!
A timely resource
It’s a beautiful book - we used the teaching points in the back to help our 8 year old come up with her ‘way’ of managing her anxiety. When anxiety strikes I ask her what would Aroha do? We desperately needed a child friendly non judgemental resource to help our child manage her own anxiety, and ‘Aroha’s Way’ hit the spot