Take a journey in a hot air balloon to see the world differently. Open your heart, drop your fears, relax and get in touch with your feelings.
This colorfully illustrated interactive journal with a delightful story line has been used to help children of all ages express their emotions and feel better about themselves and the world through writing, drawing, and symbols. This fully updated and expanded edition is overflowing with new stories and activities to unleash creative expression and allow images to do the talking.
A Journey in The Moon Balloon® is an indispensable tool for parents, teachers, counsellors, art therapists, health care professionals and all those concerned with bringing emotional healing to children.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Joan Drescher has explored how art heals the body, mind and spirit for more than twenty years. Her unique and colourful murals answer the need to humanize the healthcare environment and are found in major hospitals throughout the USA and Canada. As a recent Artist in Residence at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Joan has brought light and reassurance to the bedside of hundreds of hospitalized children and their families. She is the Director of the non profit The Moon Balloon Project ®, Building Healing Bridges for Children Through the Arts in Medicine (www.TheMoonBalloonProject.org). She has authored and illustrated twenty-five children's book, including Wings of Light with Dr. Joan Borysenko. Joan is a fellow at the Lesley University Institute for Mind, Body and Spirituality in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a certified Spiritual Director from the Claritas Institute for Inter-spiritual Inquiry in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Gallery Artist at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Her prints and paintings can be seen at www.joandrescher.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction. The Power of Art to Help Heal. Vivian Marcow Speiser. Part 1. A Journey in The Moon Balloon. Foreword by Joan Borysenko. 1.1. A Note to Kids. Part 2. When Images Speak Louder Than Words. 2.1. Stories from the Kart. 2.1.2. The Magician - Transformation. 2.1.3. Queen Aileen. Courage. 2.1.4. Uncovering Light Under Darkness - Hope. 2.1.4. The Pain-Free Hat - Freedom of Spirit. 2.1.5. "Bonbolita" - Transforming Stress Through Beauty. 2.1.6. The Blue Box - Gratitude. 2.1.7. You've Got Mail - Unconditional Love. 2.1.8. Martin's Mandalas - Beauty and Joy. 2.1.9. Rejection - Finding Self Love. 2.1.10. Dreamsweeper: When Images Transform. Part 3. 3.1. Sharing Art Activities. 3.1.1. Bring Present for a Child. 3.1.2. "Making Inspiration Soup. 3.1.3. You Can Do It. 3.1.4. Mandalas - Cathedral Windows. 3.1.5. Cardboard Mandalas for IV Poles. 3.1.6. Scratchboard Art. 3.1.7. The Pain-Free Hat. 3.1.8. The Mailbox. 3.1.9. Treasure Box. 3.1.10. The Magic Wand. 3.1.11. Crown. 3.1.12. Free Drawing Murals. 3.1.13. Paper Butterflies and Flowers. 3.1.14. The Moon Balloon - Simple Drawing Techniques. Part 4. 4.1. Outreach and Resources: Art and Healing Around the World. 4.1.1. Recommended Resources. 4.1.2. Organizations, Books, Videos, Research. Acknowledgments. About Joan Drescher.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is superb book for working with children of all ages, including teens, to help them express difficult emotions brought up by many different factors including, chronic or terminal, illness, divorce, grief and trauma. It can be used by educators, therapists, expressive arts therapists, grief counselors and most importantly by parents. Here is a book that contains wealth of simple yet very effective projects that can open lines of communication and flow of feelings that words can't. A must have for libraries and book shelves anywhere there are children experiencing distress.
Superb book, great for developing emotional well being and expression This is an absolutely superb interactive book, designed to appeal to children of all ages, encouraging them to use art to help them express their emotions, open themselves to get in touch with their feelings and to help dispose of their fears. It has many colourful pages and also lots of black and white ones for them to colour, illustrate and complete. It was originally developed for use in hospitals but has also proved a great resource in many other situations. It contains examples of how some patients reacted to and used the book and some ideas and techniques that could be used with it. Teachers, I believe this book will prove a great way to help children who have any trauma or worries in their lives to express themselves and their emotions in a meaningful manner. It is certainly something I would have loved to have available to use with children, helping the inarticulate to communicate and express themselves, the less confident share their feelings and start to get rid of their fears, those who are grieving to have an outlet to help them. The examples shared in this book show how it can prove useful - but be prepared to cry when you read some of them! An excellent book for parents, teachers, learning mentors, counsellors and heath professionals alike to help use art therapy techniques to help the emotional well being of children. Simple brilliant! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The connection between art and our emotions is present on every page. "When images speak louder than words" is an apt title for the stories that make me cry and the images which children create to help navigate uncharted territory. Joan has created an easy and comprehensive way for others to use the techniques she has developed over many years, while the stories help one to see what might be experienced through the one on one engagement with children and their care givers. This is a book which could be used by the most experienced art therapists as well as any caring person sharing a life changing experience.
This is so much more than just a book. It is filled with hope, love, inspiration, courage, and so much more. Joan Drescher has found a way to help kids communicate and she doesn't stop there. She teaches parents how to utilize the tools to work with kids and thier troubles. Children with illness, mental frustrations, foster children, and just a child at home. It doesn't matter, A Journey in the Moon Balloon When images Speak Louder thn Words is an excellent tool for parents, grandparents, caregivers, or whoever wants to let them know they care and love them. Reviewed through NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for an honest review. But I will be getting a hard copy to have on hand.