Depression comes in all shapes and forms, and just because someone is smiling on the outside, does not mean their happiness is reflected in the inside. This book was a very powerful and constructive way to help teach children that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’, and the importance in trusting someone and talking about feelings. It also encourages therapy and play therapy, something which takes away the societal stigma around children having to speak to professionals. My grandma always used to say ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and this book follows that same sort of rationale and moral, and encourages children to also look around them for others who may need a helping hand or help.
I loved the illustrations, it is educational to children about Australia and animals, and also had a funky cool edge with the rhyming couplets.
As a woman in her 30s who doesn’t always know the right thing to do, this book was a good starting point and has a great collection of notes for guidance towards the back of the book to reference.
This book is suitable for all ages as it contains valuable lessons to be learned, and depression in children and adults is a topic which needs to continuously be discussed and spotlighted. The cover alone was quirky and made it stand out as a book.
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