There are many kinds of abuse and there are many children exposed to abuses. The beauty of this book is that it never states what the abuse was, only the feelings of the abused. In this way, this book can be used in a variety of traumatic situations.
The story tells of a little raccoon who has experienced a terrible thing. It then evolves around his feelings of anger, fright, sadness, physical aches, nervousness, behaviors, and lack of appetite. It proceeds to his finding a caring adult who helps him overcome his concerns. This book is useful for children sho have witnessed any kind of ciolent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. In addition extensive suggestions are offered for caregivers for helping traumatized children.
TOPIC: Abuse, traumatic experiences
INCLUDES: Story, suggestions for caregivers
GRADE LEVELS: K-3/AGES: 5-8
FOR USE WITH: Small groups, individuals
AUTHOR: Margaret Holmes
RECOMMENDED FOR: Elementary-school counselors, elementary-school teachers, pre-school teachers, psychologists, early childhood educators, social workers, at-risk personnel
32 pages, hardback, four-color illustrations