Our friends at Hawthorn Press recently sent us some more goodies, including this new publication by Susan Perrow. We already have her previous book ‘Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour’, which is such a great resource, so we were excited to try this new offering!
An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales
From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra
By Susan Perrow
Illustrated by Allmut ffrench
The idea behind this collection of tales is to offer ‘story medicine’, which I think is a lovely concept. In the book, you will find 42 stories, each focusing on an undesirable behaviour, through the story journey each particular behaviour is worked through and balance is restored. Also, at the back of the book there is a very informative section on ‘Ways to Use Story Medicine’ where you will find suggestions for extending the stories, as well as ideas for using the stories as a springboard for one’s own writing.
The stories move through the alphabet, with a specific character for each tale. Included are humorous tales and also some more serious stories. They can be read in alphabetical order, selected to meet a certain undesirable behaviour you wish to address, or older children can even read through the stories themselves. The tales are aimed at ages 3-9 years, and each has a suggested age clearly marked below the title, but really anyone can enjoy them!
We found the tales we read interesting, engaging and humorous. Of course The Bundles wanted the stories with funny sounding titles, ‘Hurting, Biting Hippo’ was a definite hit! I particularly like ‘Zestless Zebra’
The simple illustrations work well to ignite the imagination, while still leaving space to wonder.
‘An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales, From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra’ is a great addition to our library and we would highly recommend it to fellow home educators, parents, and anyone who loves stories! Find it here