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Children's LiteratureParents and others living or working with children will find this book a helpful resource. The author, a mother with a broad background in child development, works as an occupational therapist. The book presents creative games and activities to lighten the mood or spirit of a person or group. The games are coded for age groups in sections labeled for mental outlook. For "Young Ones" in the "More Joy, Please!" section it is suggested that the young child enjoy a place of refuge under a table or in an empty appliance box, where special things can be kept, such as a pillow, blanket, or paper and markers. For "Middle Ones" in the "Making Magic" section directions are given for asking leading questions to help the child see her dream of life more clearly. For "Older Teens" in the "When I'm Angry" section, a set of cards with sentences which could change his mood may be drawn out of a box. Some sentences can be helpful, such as—"I was doing my best," "Bad times don't last forever," or "I can love myself even if I am not perfect." For "All Ages" in the "When I'm Sad" section family songs may be helpful in times of sorrow. The title may put some people off, but this book provides many unusual and fresh ideas to improve relationships. 2002, John Wiley & Sons, Ages adult.
— Carlee Hallman