On her first day at a new school, Violet’s worries seem to be out of control when they materialise as ‘worry clouds’ that follow her around. She will learn to manage these clouds with strategies like positive visualisation and compassionate self-talk, helping kids learn to handle difficult situations and feelings in their own lives.
The artwork was created with a combination of drawing in ballpoint pen, watercolour and acrylic paint.
Violet’s Cloudy Day is available through bookstores or online.
“Violet’s Cloudy Day is a wonderfully simple story that can help children not only become aware of how their negative thoughts can cloud their judgment and their life, but it also teaches simple strategies children can use to become more hopeful. Violet’s triumph in the end demonstrates to all of us how our thoughts can fuel enabling behaviors that can enhance psychological well-being. Violet and Her Worries is a practical tool all teachers and parents can use to build resilience in young children.”
-Louisa Jewell, MAPP
President, Canadian Positive Psychology Association
“It is a practical, intelligently written and beautifully illustrated story that has the potential for making a difference in kid’s lives.”
-Merv Gilbert, PhD, RPsych
Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University
Consulting Psychologist, BC Children’s Hospital
“It is a beautiful and uplifting children’s book, compellingly illustrated. Story-telling and children’s books are wonderful ways to help kids understand and express their feelings. I think this book will surely do that. Positive self-talk and self-affirmation are good tools for kids. The best part for me was the depiction of the huge clouds over Violet, and how those worry clouds can prevent us from enjoying what is in front of us. Of course, these are the same clouds that people with depression experience. This story is giving young children the ability to recognize that these clouds exist, are a normal part of life, and that there are tools to help overcome them. I think it’s GREAT!
The audience for this book should be quite diverse. It’s a good fit for families who should be teaching kids about emotions at a young age and how we have the capacity to turn the negative into positive. It’s also a great book for kids going to a new school or moving to a new city. And yes, I think it is also a book that could be used by counselors & teachers.”
-Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.
Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation
Fielding Graduate University