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A Shelter for Sadness

A Shelter for Sadness

Anne Booth, illus David Litchfield
Templar Publishing
ISBN: 9781787417212

With A Shelter for Sadness, Anne Booth has created a text which invites children to explore and accept sadness. With mental health a key agenda across all ages, this text can go a long way in providing younger children with a perspective of how to live with sadness.

The text centres around a young boy as he builds a shelter for his sadness; a safe place where his sadness is welcome to live and be without worrying about how big or small it is feeling each day. A space in which sadness can be loud or quiet, energetic or still......just a place where it is welcome.

The boy knows that there are days when Sadness will want to venture away from the safety of the shelter and explore the wider world with the boy...but there are also days when sadness will want to curl up and hide in the darker corners of the shelter. However sadness feels, it is OK because he and the boy can tackle the world together.

This book is the perfect introduction to younger children on how to make space and time for sadness in their lives. A chance to realise that sadness isn't an emotion to be ignored or hidden away but actually embraced and welcomed. In these uncertain times, it is maybe more important than ever for the younger generation to gain a deeper and more developed knowledge of their emotions and this book goes a long way to aiding that.

The guidance and words of Anne Booth are magnificently accompanied by the illustrations of the wonderful David Litchfield (The Bear and the Piano, Grandad's Secret Giant etc). David's style is one that draws your eye into the pictures and makes you feel at ease with the emotion of sadness. The combination of powerful words and powerful images is certainly clear for all to see in this text.

Overall, this would make the perfect addition to any PHSE school library at the best of times...but even more so in the current climate.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Kyle Matravers, teacher


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