By Lyda Whiting



Written by Wendy Stofan Halley, illustrated by Roberta Collier-Morales

Karly loves to play with her special friend, Natasha. No one else can see Natasha, and Karly wonders why. Natasha explains that she is a spirit, like an angel without wings, and Karly has her own shining spirit inside. But when Natasha goes back to live in the stars, Karly gradually forgets everything. One day, Natasha comes back to remind Karly, and Karly finds the perfect way to always remember her own spirit and share it with others.

Lively and fun, this story tells children about their own special spirit, and encourages them to live "inside out" - with their inner spirit shining through to the outside. The explanation of spirit will make it clear to even the youngest child and give adults a simple vocabulary to discuss it with children. The story also embraces the invisible friends that many children have as a normal and enriching part of childhood.

This magical book is made extraordinary by beautiful illustrations. Full of joy and movement, they bring the characters to life and draw readers into the story. Each page glows with soft color as the paintings merge the realistic details of a child's life with the enchanting qualities of spirit.

This wonderful story will remind children of what they know deep inside. This lighthearted approach to a deeply spiritual subject will appeal to children and adults alike.

Recommended for ages 2-7.
Published by Illumination Arts Publishing, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.


The Spiral Sweep Energy Exercise for Children of All Ages
By Peggy Phoenix
Dubro, illustrated by Michael Graham
Will is on vacation and misses his friends. One day he is sitting on the beach, and a golden dolphin begins to talk to him. Soon he has a new friend, the golden dolphin Shimmer.

Shimmer begins to teach Will a special twelve-part exercise. The first day, Will learns step one, and the second day, he learns step two. But will his vacation end before he gets to step twelve? Will is happy that he has time to learn all the steps, and surprised to discover his mom knows all about Shimmer and the special exercise. Now they can practice it together even after they go home.

With this story, children are introduced to an energy meditation that will teach them to be more aware of their body's energy. The meditation brings confidence and peace, and feels wonderful for all ages. The whole meditation is at the back of the book, and the book comes with a CD of the entire Spiral Sweep exercise, so children and adults can do the exercise together or separately.

The illustrations glow with color and magic, and help illuminate the ideas presented. The pictures about the chakras will be particularly helpful to children.

Recommended for ages 2-10 and beyond.
Published by Platinum Publishing House, this book is available at your local bookstore.


A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Written by Sandy
Kleven, LCSW, illustrated by Jody Bergsma
Jimmy likes when his mom tickles him. It makes him laugh, and he likes being close to her. But Jimmy knows his Mom will stop tickling him when he says, "Stop." One night, Mom talks to Jimmy about touching problems. She explains that if she kept tickling Jimmy and would not stop no matter what he said, that would be a touching problem. If a bully sits on you and won't let you up, that's a touching problem too.

And there are other kinds of touching problems. Some touches are secret, deceptive, or forced. Mom tells Jimmy what to do if someone tries to touch him in a way that makes him feel uncomfortable, and reassures him that it is never the child's fault if someone touches them in the wrong way.

This gentle book discusses sexual abuse of young children in an age-appropriate way. It deals with this difficult and important subject with examples that are realistic but not too frightening. The introduction has valuable information for adults on how to use this book to discuss abuse with children, and what to do if a child tells them of an abusive situation.

The illustrations help create a warm, safe atmosphere for children. They add depth to the story realistically but with a touch of whimsy. The animals on each page soften the impact as well.

Recommended for ages 3-7.
Published by Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.


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