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What if All the Trees Blow Away?: Exploring Anxiety, Fear and Uncertainty
Anita Kate Garai
Routledge | A Speechmark Book / Softcover / 2022-10-01 / 1032233990
Children's Books / Forthcoming
price: $23.95 (may be subject to change)
26 pages
Not Yet Published

To get the full Being With Our Feelings experience, this book can be purchased alongside the guidebook. All books can be purchased together as a set, Being With Our Feelings: Guidebook and Four Storybooks Set, 978-0-367-77231-4.

This charming storybook helps children identify and manage feelings of anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Readers learn alongside the narrator that a head full of worries is often the result of fear, which can be felt in the body as a variety of sensations. As the narrator explores a variety of heartfelt ‘what ifs?’ from, ‘what if we don’t have food to eat?’ to ‘what if the lions lose their roar?’ the reader learns that feeling fear and the associated sensations is natural and that they can allow themselves to be with the feeling, rather than needing to resolve or overcome it.

This sensitively written and accessible storybook:

helps children identify and manage anxious and irrational thoughts

explores the connections between emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing

normalises feelings of fear and worry

encourages sharing and seeking support

ends with a reflection question to encourage deeper understanding

This storybook is essential reading for teachers, parents, or anyone working with children who wishes to enable open conversations, exploration and expression around fear and anxiety.


Reviews

‘Immensely appealing…’
Adrian Bethune, Author of Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom, Education Policy Co-Lead at The Mindfulness Initiative, Teacher and founder of Teachappy.

‘Vivid illustrations and wonderful poetry’
Adrian Bethune, Author of Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom, Education Policy Co-Lead at The Mindfulness Initiative, Teacher and founder of Teachappy.

‘I love these books! The stories and illustrations are just beautiful.’
Penny Whelan, SENCO, Luton.

‘Beautifully illustrated.’
Andrew Cowley, Wellbeing Speaker and Writer, author of ‘The Wellbeing Toolkit’ and ‘The Wellbeing Curriculum’.

‘The Red String…will resonate with any young person who has felt a build up of emotion.’
Andrew Cowley, Wellbeing Speaker and Writer, author of ‘The Wellbeing Toolkit’ and ‘The Wellbeing Curriculum’.

‘Written with a strong youth voice element running through.’
Sharon Mee, Creativity and Wellbeing in Education Developer, CEO and Founder of Artpod and Melting Pot - Arts and Wellbeing in Education, Sussex and South East.

‘Unique and very honest.’
Sharon Mee, Creativity and Wellbeing in Education Developer, CEO and Founder of Artpod and Melting Pot - Arts and Wellbeing in Education, Sussex and South East.

‘Love the gender neutral characters…Fabulous!’
Gaynor Price, SEMH Advisory Teacher, City of Birmingham School.

About the Author:

Anita Kate Garai is a teacher, poet and mindfulness wellbeing consultant and facilitator, with a BEd Hons from Cambridge University and an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts. She has been a primary school classroom teacher for over 25 years, leading on personal, social and emotional development, and has worked with local authorities as a specialist in behaviour, emotional wellbeing and creativity, developing programmes for pupils and delivering training to school communities. Anita offers wellbeing programmes to individuals, schools and organisations, using mindfulness, embodiment and creativity.

@anitakateg

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