“Hole in One: A Tale from the Iris the Dragon Series” is the third book in the Iris the Dragon series. The book addresses the topic of anxiety disorder in children specifically anxiety about going to school and performance. This book provides children with anxiety an opportunity to identify with their thoughts, feelings and actions through the young character in the book. The book also helps normalize what a child with anxiety might be going through to let them know there is hope and that getting the help they need is important.
“Hole in One” features a young boy called “Teeman.” In the book, Teeman has a dream to be an amazing golfer. His anxiety about school and performing interfere with his dream and his life seems to be tumbling out of control until he meets Iris the Dragon. Equipped with her knowledge of children's mental health issues, Iris helps Teeman learn to address his anxiety which enables him to interact with the world in stead of shying away from it in the end. Special thanks to the sponsors who helped publish “Hole in One”
Gayle Grass strikes again! Gayle is a creative and thoughtful author who has created her third book in the Iris the Dragon series. In this series, not only is she adept at accurately depicting different mental illnesses and mental health problems, but she is exceptional at making the story developmentally appropriate and enticing for young children. The goal of the series is to raise awareness, educate and also reduce the stigma of mental illness. Through her stories, she clearly underscores the importance of a total, holistic approach to dealing with mental health problems. ‘It takes a village to raise a child…’
The third book in the series, “Hole in One”, is the story of a young boy who, with Iris the Dragon's help, addresses his anxiety disorder in his efforts to become a successful golfer thereby achieving his dream. As always, the mental illness is accurately depicted, the tale is enticing, the graphics exceptional and above all, I believe, Gayle has another winner.
Gayle, congratulations! Your efforts to educate, to reduce stigma and to reduce the burden of suffering for children and youth with mental health problems are greatly appreciated.
Peter S. Jensen, MD
Simon Davidson, M.B., B.Ch., F.R.C.P.(C),
Chair, Child and Youth Advisory Committee Mental Health Commission of Canada;
Chief Strategic Planning Executive, Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario;
Chairman, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Ottawa;
Chief of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Mental Health Patient Service Unit, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.