I came into the living room and a burst of frustrated shouts greeted me. I had entered the room, at the absolute wrong time. Why was it the wrong time? Because, unbeknownst to me, my young son was busy cleaning up the living room to surprise me. And now the surprise was ruined. Mommy had ruined it. Now instead of enjoying a tidy room featuring a couch with no books, magazines or snack bowls on it, I was unsuccessfully comforting my child, and wishing I had the phone number of a good defense lawyer handy!
Then I remembered a cute book whose main character went through almost the same thing, and after some of the steam dissipated, I read it to my son. The expression on his face was one of surprise. Really? Someone knows what we kids go through? Yes, somebody really does…
The Story Solutions series was written and illustrated by Esti Hess, a talented artist who is a also a student of Bibliotherapy – a fancy way of saying how to heal hearts using stories. The first three books in the series are about nighttime fears, teasing, and handling disappointment. (FYI: In the real story, a boy wants to put on his pj’s all by himself and his plan is discovered and (temporarily) ruined.)
Although parents will always need a good measure of spontaneous wisdom to find the right words to ease their children’s hearts, it’s also nice to have a backup on the bookshelf – colorful stories that touch on basic childhood challenges and that really understand children.
Sara Miriam Gross
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