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What parents, grandparents and carers say:

"We read Olive last night. It sparked some lovely conversations at bedtime about who we talk to about our worries

and when mummy goes away for the day...Really sweet. They are lovely books." Georgie

"They look amazing. And really positive, beautiful. We need more stuff like that in the world."  Pavel

 

"I read it (Olive) last night and I thought the sentiment was exceptional, subtle but made the point. 

Great artwork as well."  Mark

 

"My daughter absolutely loves the book. So do I. And, she got the message. Helped her to adjust in a new school.

Also, such a beautiful edition. Thank you."  Clare

 

"It's a beautiful book. Picked a copy up last week and my daughter loves it. Can't wait for the next one to come out.

So descriptive and wonderful for all the children." Jane

 

"I just wanted to say how wonderful the books are, the words, the idea, the illustrations."  Alicia

 

"I just read Gus to my 3 year old boy and he loved it." Tom

 

"I’ve got my mitts on your books.  They are FABULOUS!  Reading them to Evie and Martha and they love them,

such gorgeous illustrations and we are big into mindfulness in this house so they are perfect."  Lucy

 

"They are lovely books."  Jill

 

"Just want to say a huge well done, producing beautiful books, with beautiful stories about beautiful things.

I'm excited about this beautiful offering in a world that has too much that is not beautiful.

Am praying the messages and books would go far and wide." Your fan, Olive


 

What pupils, teachers and key workers say:

"Conventional stories applying topical and current issues. Good classroom resources."

Lisa, Acting Deputy Head Teacher, Yr 1-3, Yr2 Teacher

"I think the books have potential to be an excellent resource for talking about mental health and well-being with primary aged children. I could see them being useful for teachers and anyone working with children who wanted an accessible way to start conversations about topics that might be affecting them. Doing this through the characters of the dogs makes this feel less pressurised. I like the topics chosen which I feel reflect the issues impacting on a large percentage of children and young people." 

 Kate, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

“The books are useful as they show a child's journey through their feelings and don't offer stark solutions. 

There is room for discussion to guide the child and help them problem solve within a structured story. They address:- 

  1. Universal support for all children as part of PSHE, 2) Target groups where children are placed in specific groups 

  2. to tackle specific behaviours they are displaying, 3) 1:1,  4) Specialised groups i.e. Emotional Literacy Support (ELS)"

Sam, Inclusion Manager, BSc (Hons), PGCE, NaSENCO, Primary School Teacher

“I feel like Olive when I start a new year at school.”   Maggie, KS2

"Topics in these books are sensitively handled and there is practical advice which you can discuss in relation to the dog, but then transfer across to the child's experience. There are lots of good starting points, openers, and opportunity for discussion within circle time. When I read these stories various children spring to mind about who the book would be relevant for and who could benefit."

Jessica, Private Tutor, PGCE (primary) and qualified specialist teacher of children with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia)

"Clare and Maria's books compliment the 'Learning Tool Kit' and 'Growth Mind Set' and the themes link to many of our behaviour 

policies such as looking after each other, helping friends, saying kind things etc.  They provide a way to talk with the children 

about what they may be experiencing and they address specific PSHE topics as well as being an enjoyable story."

Kate, Yr Teacher, Healthy Schools Coordinator

Beth, Deputy Head Teacher, Leader of Early Years Foundation Stage, parent

John, Yr1 Head of Literarcy, parent

 

“I liked the story especially when the other dogs talked to Olive about feeling worried.”   Ellen, KS1

"The books help to highlight symptoms and normalise them so that children can see how to work through their challenges. 

They appeal because they avoid specific diagnoses and allow different symptoms (physical, physiological, emotional and mental) 

to be discussed. These books feel unique in highlighting life experiences with a lesson to learn in a clear story structure."  

Amita, Consultant Child Clinicial Psychologist 

“I liked the story, it was great. Olive felt sad and I felt like that when I was in Reception.

It brings back memories of when I was scared.”  Kobi, KS2

"A wonderfully written set of Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) themed books designed for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)/ Key Stage 1 (KS1)/ Lower Key Stage 2 (KS2) which can be used for PSHE/circle time/Philosophy for children as discussion prompts. These lovely rhyming stories contain consistent, quirky and loveable characters that capture the attention of both children and adults alike."

Zoe (BA Hons with QTS), Primary School Teacher, Private Phonics Tutor

“My favourite part was where Olive understood that other people get scared too.”   Yr 3 pupil

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