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Storytelling Series

An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales

From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra

October 2017
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    6th October 2017
  • ISBN 9781907359866
  • Pages 144 pp.
  • Size 6.14" x 9.2"

This must-have collection of behavior tales offers “story medicine” as a creative strategy for parenting, teaching, and counselling. Telling the right story at the right time can help children face challenges and change behavior.

All 42 stories begin with an undesirable or out-of-balance situation. Through metaphor and imaginative story journeys, they lead to a desirable resolution. The stories can lead to nurturing positive values in children.

Following the alphabet from A to Z, each behavior is identified in the story title—angry, anxious, bullying, demanding, fussy, greedy, jealous, loud, obnoxious, quibbling, uncooperative, and so on.

The stories, some humorous, some serious, are especially relevant for children of three to nine years of age, as well as the child in every adult! They are for telling and adapting—turn them into homemade picture books or puppet shows, or even create new tales based on them. Pencil-drawn illustrations by Allmut ffrench accompany each story.

Susan Perrow

Susan Perrow, MEd, is an Australian author who works with “story medicine.” She writes, collects, and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for the reader—a positive and imaginative way to address challenging behaviors and traumatic situations, including environmental grief and loss. Susan has an extensive background in teaching, writing, and therapeutic storytelling. She travels nationally and internationally giving keynotes and leading seminars for teachers, parents, and therapists, offering online training and talks, as well. Her therapeutic story work has led to the publication of four resource books published by Hawthorn Press: Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour (2008); Therapeutic Storytelling: 101 Healing Stories for Children (2012); An A–Z Collection of Behaviour Tales (2017); and Stories to Light the Night: A Grief and Loss Collection for Children, Families and Communities (2021). The first two have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Serbian, and Croatian. Perrow also has released an app—Rainbow Tales: Healing Audio Sotries for Children—a therapeutic tool for parenting, teaching, and counseling children, ages 3 to 9 (available in online app stores).