Brenda S. Miles, Ph.D.
Nicole Wong, Illustrator
Magination Press, Nonfiction, 2006
Suitable for Ages : 4-8
Themes: Chronic pain in children and adolescence, Arthritis, Burns, Cancer, Lupus, Sickle Cell
Opening: “You are a child. It doesn’t seem fair, That sometimes your body can hurt everywhere. There’s a way to feel better, something children can do. The ideas in your mind can help you get through. Imagine a rainbow with red, green and blue, Bright ribbons of color that wrap around you.”
Synopsis: Children who suffer with chronic pain are encouraged to use their imaginations and deep breathing as tools for easing their pain. Written in soothing rhyme, the author uses the images of a warm rain, a wind blowing softly, cuddling with a puppy, a clouds in a sky, rainbows, and a field filled with daisies and grass.
“Imagine the ocean with sparkling waves. That lift up your body and whisper BE BRAVE.”
“Think of funny ideas like hippos in skirts. Send your laughter to places inside you that hurt.
“Imagine the sun shining warm on your face. Let it glow on your body wherever you ache.”
Why I like this book: I am overjoyed to find a picture book written so simply for children who live with chronic pain, like sickle cell, arthritis, burns, cancer, and lupus. Brenda Miles’ book empowers children by encouraging them to use imagery/visualization and deep breathing to help them when their bodies are hurting. This is a very encouraging book to share with kids who are learning to cope with chronic pain. Wong’s illustrations are whimsical ink and watercolors that inspire, uplift, calm, warm and sooth the child. They are exquisite.
Resources: Brenda Miles, Ph.D, is a pediatric neuropsychologist. She has written backpages for parents to help them understand the concepts of imagery, deep breathing, and coping with chronic pain and medical procedures. Her goal is to help teach parents how to guide their children through visualization, relaxation exercises and manage their own pain. Children are very creative and may have their own special images they can draw upon. They may use these techniques anywhere and anytime.
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