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Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Radishes
Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams,
William Nicholson (Illustrator).
A stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers)
comes to life in Margery Williams's timeless
tale of the transformative power of love. Given
as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the
Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all
of the other toys, waiting for the day when the
Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a
playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the
tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the
nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery
toys: to be made "real" through the love of a
human. "'Real isn't how you are made,' said the
Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you.
When a child loves you for a long, long time,
not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,
then you become Real.'" This sentimental
classic--perfect for any child who's ever
thought that maybe, just maybe, his or her toys
have feelings - has been charming children since
its first publication in 1922. 48 pages.
Fire Cat, by Esther Averill.
A story about a cat that is mean to other cats,
and makes a lot of inappropriate choices. He?s
given a nice place to live, yet still he makes
the wrong choices. Eventually, he learns to make
the right choices, to have friends, and to live
a good life. 64 Age 4-8. 64 pages.
Aardvark Finds Hope, by Donna R. O?Toole.
A lot of RAD kids cover up their sadness with
anger. This book talks about being horribly sad,
feeling a loss, and gradually learning from
their sadness. For children who don?t feel sad
very often, this gives them an insight into an
emotion they might otherwise push aside and
hide. Age 5 and up. 80 pages.
Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for
All Ages, by Leo Buscaglia.
Originally published in the fall of 1982, the
wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story of
a leaf named Freddie has become one of the most
popular books of our times. How Freddie and his
companion leaves change with the passing
seasons, finally falling to the ground with a
winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory
illustrating the delicate balance between life
and death. After offering solace for a
generation of adults and children alike, The
Fall of Freddie the Leaf arrives in a classic
edition with a beautiful new package that will
appeal to today's readers at a time when stories
of comfort and inspiration have become more
important than ever. Ages 4-8. 32 pages.
I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day,
by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell
Jamie Lee Curtis has starred in many movies, but
she says that the children's books she has
written mean more to her than any of her films.
She and artist Laura Cornell have previously
collaborated on two bestselling books: "Tell Me
Again About the Night I Was Born" and "When I
Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her
Youth." This time, we follow a little girl with
curly red hair through 13 different moods,
beginning with silly: "Today I feel silly. / Mom
says it's the heat. I put rouge on the cat / and
gloves on my feet." Of course, silly soon turns
to grumpy and mean... to excited... to confused,
and so on. Recognizing one's own mood swings is
a developmental milestone, one that some adults
haven't yet mastered! Cornell's watercolor
illustrations - wildly expressive and energetic
- effectively capture the volatility of our
redheaded star. Whether she is happy or mad or
dancing a solo in jazz, she is always "full of
pizzazz," and this book is, too. A clever mood
wheel on the last page allows young readers to
change the little girl's expression - both her
eyes and mouth. This is silly fun with a smart
lesson for children from ages 4 to 8. 40 pages.
Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by
Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell (Illustrator).
Actress Curtis's return engagement amply
confirms the promise shown in her debut picture
book (When I Was Little). A sweet and sunny look
at adoption, the story is framed as a much-loved
and clearly much-requested family tale, and
rings true from beginning to end. Combining wit
("Tell me again how you carried me like a china
doll all the way home and how you glared at
anyone who sneezed") with candor ("Tell me again
how you couldn't grow a baby in your tummy, so
another woman who was too young to take care of
me was growing me"), Curtis deftly addresses the
logistics of adoption in a matter-of-fact manner
that radiates love and reassurance. Cornell, who
also illustrated Curtis's previous books, again
serves up whimsical, Roz Chast-like watercolors
crammed with amusing visual asides: a jar of
diaper cream sports the label "Tub o' Lard"; a
tiny bandage on a newborn's tummy carries the
notice "future bellybutton"; a little girl and
her dog, tucked cozily into bed, wear matching
curlers (the girl's in her hair; the pup's on
his ears). It's hard to imagine a warmer
celebration of the special joys of an adopted
family. Ages 4-8. 40 pages.
Isn?t Bad : A Good Grief Workbook, by
Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for
coping with loss as a child, this guide tells
children what they need to know after a loss -
that the world is still safe; life is good; and
hurting hearts do mend. Written by a school
counselor, this book helps comfort children
facing of the worst and hardest kind of reality.
Age 4-8. 29 pages.
Absolutely True, Positively Awesome Book About
Me!!!, by Jessica Wilber.
From the author of "Totally Private and
Personal: Journaling Ideas for Girls and Young
Women", who is also a high school junior, comes
a new volume on creative journaling ideas, fun
activities, advice on growing up, and more for
girls ages six to ten. Age 6-10. 127 pages.
Feel Happy and Sad and Angry and Glad, by
PreSchool-Grade 1-A cursory introduction to
emotions. When Milo's friend Ellie comes over
for the day, the two pups explore the backyard
and play hide-and-seek. The visit ends on a bad
note when Milo is reluctant to share a scooter,
and his friend goes home with her feelings hurt.
After thinking it over, he apologizes and the
two are reunited. The story is told from Milo's
point of view in short, simple sentences that
relate events and describe the way they make the
characters feel ("We chase. We feel happy" or "I
show Ellie my scooter. I feel proud"). Dialogue
balloons punctuate the text and help to clarify
the dogs' emotions. The colorful, eye-catching
illustrations feature simple figures outlined
with thick black lines set against bright hues.
The uncluttered backgrounds and clean lines
focus attention on the interaction between the
two animals. While the repetition in the text
hinders the punch of the story, this book might
still be useful in helping children to identify
their feelings and to begin to understand the
complicated nature of friendship.
Preschool-Grade 1 ages. 32 pages.
If I Did Something Awful?, by Barbara
Shook Hazen, Nancy Kincade (Illustrator).
A story of unconditional love which allows the
child to put him or herself into the role. A
lesson of responsibility. Age 4-8. 32
David!, by David Shannon (Illustrator).
Parents will be quick to jump to the conclusion
that there can be nothing appealing in a tale of
an ugly kid who breaks things. And certainly -
from that adult perspective - there's something
off-putting about the illustrations of David,
with his potato head, feral eyes, and a maniacal
grin that exposes ferociously pointed teeth. But
3- and 4-year-olds see things differently, and
will find his relentless badness both funny and
liberating. "No, David," wails the off-stage
mother, as David reaches for the cookie jar.
"No! No! No!" as he makes a swamp out of the
bathroom. "Come back here, David!" as he runs
naked down the street. Each vivid double-page
illustration is devoted to a different youthful
indiscretion and a different vain parental plea.
Readers will be amused to know that the
protagonist's name is no accident: award-winning
writer-illustrator David Shannon wrote the book
after discovering a similar effort that he had
made, again with himself at the center of each
drawing, at the age of 5. Ages 3-6. 32 pages.
When available, and when money is an object,
please consider purchasing a used book rather
than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as
much of a commission on the sale of used
books, the difference in cost to you is worth
considering. With the money you've saved, go
out and buy yourself something. -- ken