In this Book Blog Tour, our great group of reviewers had the opportunity to review three books by Loving Healing Press, namely :
- Please Explain “Anxiety” to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents, by Laurie Zelinger (Author), Jordan Zelinger (Author), Elisa Sabella (Illustrator)
- Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story about Sexual Abuse, by Jewel Kats (Author), Richa Kinra (Illustrator)
- The “O, MY” in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy: how to prepare your child for surgery, a parent’s manual, 2nd Edition, by Laurie Zelinger Ph.D. (Author).
I had the privilege to review “Reena’s Bollywood Dream : A Story about Sexual Abuse” by Jewel Kats, and illustrated by Richa Kinra. After years of exchanging letters, 8 year old “Reena” is delighted to finally meet her “Uncle Jessi”, who, migrated from India to US and is staying with her family. “Reena” dreams about being a bollywood star, but her parents had higher hopes of her being a doctor. With “Uncle Jessi” ‘s arrival, he brings her gifts and a new Bollywood movie. Luring the young girl to his room whilst her parents are out, with a secret surprise, it slowly turns into a complete nightmare for “Reena”.
Buy it! : While the storyline captures a family from a different culture, the underlying message is clear. A child needs to understand that sexual abuse is never their fault. Sharing how they feel with an adult, will not only stop the abuser, but it helps them recover in a safe way. We always have a fear that a stranger is the main offender, but most often than not, sexual predators/abusers are close members/friends of the family. This is a great introductory book to any child, to provide awareness on this subject.
As I mentioned earlier, our panel of reviewers had opportunities to review and here are their excerpts :
- ISBN-10: 1615990518
- ISBN-13: 978-1615990511
Rambling Moo : I highly recommend this book if you have a fidgety child at home. My son gets worried all the time and I using all the information in this book to help him feeling less nervous especially when we will be moving to another country soon where everything will be so different.
Mom2BBreviews : As a parent, I learned something new in the book too! Did you know that we have a “sympathetic nervous system” ? It’s like a switch in our body which gets turned on when we feel that we are in danger.
Atomic Mama : I enjoyed this book a LOT when it came to teaching Xander about anxiety and ways to deal with it. The author uses a story about dinosaurs to break down anxiety in easy to understand ways.
- ISBN-10: 1615990143
- ISBN-13: 978-1615990146
Almanac Queen : As soon as she finished reading it, she started relating to me the story and managed to identify all the important educational points for sexual education for someone as young as her. I think this book is very important for young girls who may be reaching puberty soon.
- ISBN-10: 1615990534
- ISBN-13: 978-1615990535
Pookie and the Boys : She keeps it very basic with steps on how to explain it to the child without causing immediate panic. I wasn’t worried about my son panicking, I was worried about me! I got ideas on how to approach the subject with him, pep talks for use prior to the surgery , all the way up to days before and the day of surgery.
Moomettes Magnificents : This is an informative reference source for parents, grandparents or daycare providers to sooth a child’s fears before undergoing surgery for a Tonsillectomy or Adenoidectomy.
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