Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings
Author(s) : Marge Eaton Heegaard
Paperback, 40 pages.
This art therapy book helps children cope with the emotional impact of adoption. Children can use this book’s interactive exercises to realize that their birth parents were good people who loved them but were unable to give them a good home; understand that they were placed, rather than abandoned; and develop a strong sense of personal identity. The interactive drawing exercises help children explain in pictures what they are unable to say in words.
At bedtime (or any time) children are encouraged to tell the doll/angels their worries. Legend has it that these 6 tiny dolls (also called angels)solve a child`s worries while the child sleeps. They range in size from 3/4″ to 1″, and come in a decorated bag.
*Not Recommended for Children under three years old.
A guide to dealing with the divorce of parents, discussing various reasons for divorce, the emotions experienced by the children, and ways of coping with the change.
Duncan's crayons decide to go on strike. Each color writes him a letter explaining their grievance. In the end Duncan comes up with an idea: to draw a spectacular picture which equally represents all the colors in the crayon box. Issues include creativity, self-esteem, speaking up, listening to others, and problem solving.
Amusing pictures and simple text aid this book in showing young children the importance listening. The back of the book contains notes for parents and teachers to help them use the story most effectively.