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Presley the Pug and the Tranquil Teepee : a story to help kids relax and self-regulate ISBN: 9781839970313
Peacock, Sarah and Treisman, Karen
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2021
One of a series of books for children with problems in their lives that need help in solving, this one concerns worries and stress that can make things go wrong. Presley is a little pug who worries a lot. He often feels 'angry, sad and lonely, or scared and worried', and he doesn't know what to do about it. These feelings make his head feel like a tumble dryer or a buzzing bee, and he decides to ask his friend Dan the dachshund if he can help. Dan is into mindfulness in a big way and tells Presley about having a special place in his head that he can go to whenever he is stressed or worried; and he explains how to do this in detail and calls it a 'brain break'. All this seems good to Presley, so they decide to go to the park to visit with their friends and see if they have any other ideas - which they do. They all have places to go in their minds too, but they also mention the smell of lavender, jiggling around, writing or drawing pictures, writing a diary, acting out something, making a 'happy box' full of special things, and some breathing and relaxation exercises. These dogs are all basically happy, active creatures (beautifully expressed in the wonderful colour illustrations) but they all know that they sometimes experience problems within themselves that need a bit of help. It's a jolly story that won't put children off, and the learning involved has such a positive aspect that they may well be very willing to try to find their special place afterwards. There are some questions at the end of the book for discussion, and it was written by a clinical psychologist with great experience. Available from Amazon, book shops, and from the publisher:
Age: 5+