A therapeutic picture book for children aged 4 to 9 about a mermaid who discovers her sense of self-worth
Ali Redford is an adoptive parent of siblings who has worked in education, theatre and marketing. She has been through a lot of family therapy and, on a good day, seems to be coming out the other side, touch wood. Kara Simpson is a freelance illustrator and mother of two. They both live in the South of England.
The little mermaid's journey is captivating as she moves from
feeling lost and lonely to finding friends and discovering her
voice. This is such an important message, beautifully told, for
children who lack self worth and feel that they have nothing about
them worthy of love. The Mermaid Who Couldn't' is a moving
story of hope! -- Jay Vaughan, Family Futures Clinical Director
The story is both powerful, painful yet beautiful to read. The
characters, illustrations and the poetic style of the text draws
the reader in and maintains their interest throughout. The author
captures and illustrates sensitively, painful feelings which could
facilitate helpful discussion.
Whilst the Mermaid's journey is painful and arduous, the story offers hope and resolution. What is particularly refreshing is there is no fairy tale ending, instead it instils hope that repair and recovery can happen within relationships over time.
This book will appeal to therapists working with children, Foster Carers, Adopters and others in the Social Care field - I am thrilled to be adding it to my playroom book shelf!