Sophie thinks that this is a very silly thing for her mum to say.
But as soon as her eyes are closed images of purple elephants immediately pop up into her mind. They are very nice elephants too, doing all sorts of fun things, and do she is finally able to drift off into a happy slumber. At the end of the book she has firmly decided to not think about purple elephants — she is going to not think about blue monkeys instead. As a worrier myself, I know all about how they always come at night — when the world is quiet and your brain starts going crazy.
Jess enjoyed this story without seeing it as issue focussed because it is tackled with a light approach.
The elephants are also extremely cute. But if you do worry, this is a good book to have around. The idea has definitely caught on. This would be a great book to use in schools too — sadly with things like SATs, kids are all too aware of feeling anxious these days. Young people need guidance about dealing with fears and worries, and I think this is a great book to choose. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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For children and adult worriers, night time offers minimal to no distractions, so worries are free to roam. The story acknowledges the typical help offered and ends with a lovely, simple strategy that adds a bit of creative quirkiness to the bedtime routine. Lovely story, beautiful illustrations!
It would also make a perfect gift for a parent or child experiencing this issue. Your email address will not be published.