The House That Wouldn’t Fall Down: A Short Tale of Trust for Traumatised Children

1st Edition

Hollie Rankin

Routledge
June 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 15 Pages - 14 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138360488 - CAT# K396238

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Summary

This beautifully illustrated, therapeutic picture book tells the story of Ava the Elephant. Ava lives in a house where she doesn’t always feel happy and safe, but it is a house that Ava loves. One day Ava’s house falls down. Ava is a very determined elephant and sets out in search of a new home. She tries many different houses on her journey, but none seem quite right; none seem stable or safe enough to her.

This storybook has been written to support key adults in helping traumatised children to find a way to trust again. The story encourages children to identify with some of Ava’s experience and to explore the feelings she experiences. The book helps promote discussion and reflection; and aims to reassure children that it is possible to find a ‘house that won’t fall down’.

The resource Guide to Re-building Trust with Traumatised Children has been written to accompany the picture book, providing information, guidance and ideas for anyone supporting a traumatised child, in school or at home.

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