LESSONS OF A LAC -
It can be hard to stop worrying when you're a Little Anxious Creature
By Lynn Jenkins
Illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan
Published by Exisle Publishing - EK Books
Loppy the LAC has learned his whole life to look out for danger. Looking out for what can go wrong is all he knows - until Loppy meets Curly Calmster. Curly teaches Loppy that he doesn't have to look out for the worst-case scenarios all the time.
An essential resource tool, in an engaging picture-book format, to help children manage their worries and anxieties.
Reasons we love this book:
1/ It helps a child deal with their anxiety!
This is book arrived at the perfect time for Mr 5 who started school this year. School has opened up a new world of worries for my child. This wonderful book was written by an experienced Australian clinical psychologist and it is full of valuable messages for Little Anxious Creatures all over the world. We love that this book offers skills to deal with anxiety and worries. It's clever, funny and USEFUL. Helping children think about their anxiety is the first step in managing them. It opened up very useful conversations and I must say it's even helped my anxieties a little too with being given the knowledge of some easy self-help tools!
2/ The characters are easy to relate to.
Loppy LAC (Little Anxious Creature) and Curly the Calmster are simply drawn and show great expressions that are easy to understand for kids. I actually found them a little Dr Seuss in style which made them familiar and comforting for my 5yo. Kirrili Lonergan has done a great job in ensuring they are easy to engage with and they fit the context of this story perfectly.
I think everyone has a Loppy and Curly living in their brain - it has been awesome to use the characters outside of this story in some real life situations - it's a great and easy resource to jump to if things get a bit out of hand!
3/ It was a good book to start a craft and discussion session.
As this book opens up so many great conversations, I loved that we were able to create a fun and engaging craft and discussion session after reading it. My son made his own versions of Loppy and Curly which was hilarious. Loppy was quite evil looking and Curly looked like a cloud... I asked him to draw what it looks like when he is scared or worried... then I asked him what to draw if he feels relaxed and happy. A great exercise to do in schools or kindy's and it further opened a discussion about how to deal with anxiety.
Great resource book for all children to have access to.
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