An all ages resource! (4 stars)Growing up I was a pretty nervous kid. A worrier. In adulthood it eventually manifested as a full blown disorder that eventually left me nearly crippled by its power. It has been an arduous journey finding the right tools to make it manageable. I can leave my home again!
But it can be hard to explain it to those for whom anxiety as nothing more than an emotional reaction versus a medical condition. What I loved about All Birds Have Anxiety was that it is all ages friendly. Since I work with kids I found this book could work well at broaching the subject with my little worriers.
Full of vivid photos, gentle humor, and hopefulness I think this would be a wonderful resource for teachers, counselors, and parents who have children (and adults) in need of some encouragement.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Digital/Print (72 pages, JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS)Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Following the style of the best-selling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful colour photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change.
The combination of understanding and gentle humour make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.