Gilbert is a groundhog and the main character in this innovative book. He struggles with feeling and expressing his emotions, which causes him to feel incomplete in his heart and anxious in his body. Through a wise, old oak tree, Gilbert learns how to breathe deeply, but that isn’t enough. He also has to learn real tools for releasing anger, fear, and sadness so these emotions do not get stuck in the body. He realizes this is the only way to feel complete, authentic, and peaceful.
Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog is an essential tool for parents, educators, child and family therapists, and other caregivers of children. It is to be read time and again, and the techniques are to be put into practice, The breathing will help calm the nervous system, oxygenate the brain, and create a safe feeling in the body. Once the body feels safe, the whole brain can fully engage to respond in a healthy manner to situations instead of impulsively react. When we feel threatened, our reptilian brain takes over our central nervous system and we go into fight or flight mode. If really scared we may go into the freeze mode. Discharging this energy is necessary to prevent trauma responses later in life. Body movement like stomping our feet, yelling into a pillow, and marching around help us stay out of the freeze mode, and our brain fully online. If children can learn these skills, they can be used for the rest of their life.
|Publisher:||Blue Stone Healing Center LTD|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Sue Dettman lives with her husband, Tom, in Elgin, Illinois. Sue has been illustrating children's curriculum and story books for over 40 years. She also writes children's curriculum and does watercolor and graphic design.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog by Regina E. McCarthy is an adorable storybook for children. Gilbert had many interests. He was a great collector of toy cars, action figures, and lots of rocks, and he also enjoyed listening to music. There were many things Gilbert didn't like - he did not like standing up in front of the class, he didn't like being made fun of when he sang, and he didn't like finding someone to sit with him for lunch. One day, while leaving school upset, he climbs an old oak tree. Readers see a friendship bond being developed between Gilbert and the old oak tree. The book conveys an excellent message to young readers and tells them the importance of deep breathing and that it is okay to express their feelings and emotions instead of hiding them. The concept shared by the author is excellent as it helps build confidence in children. The illustrations are bright and lively and give a good pace and movement to the scenes and the story. The breathing techniques mentioned in the book can be practiced to ease tension and anxiety, and will help children release their emotions and fears instead of holding them inside. It's an excellent book for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and can also be used for bedtime story-telling. Therapists, counselors, and educators can use the techniques in the book while working with kids. The book also speaks about the importance of mental health and the benefits of deep breathing.
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