the book is amazing, it's so simple but yet genius. It helps my son put into perspective that anxiety isn't a part of who he is but is something he lives with. Makes it better to control it than being overpowered by it. I don't know if that makes sense but it's a favorite at our home.
Great illustrations for toddlers
While anxiety is something my autistic daughter experiences regularly, it is a bit abstract to really explain to an almost 3 year old. The pictures in this book, especially Diggory's expressions and gestures, make anxiety more relatable and tangible. She can see his hands up by his head, just like hers, and know what that feeling means. She can see him imagining things that haven't happened yet and learn those things don't always happen, even when she's worried. A real blessing!
My daughter is 3. While I agree that most of the content in the book is geared towards school-aged kids, my daughter was mesmerized by the "getting shots" part, and she asked to read about it many times. She remembers how she was afraid to get a flu shot in the fall, so she's definitely using the book to process it.Unexpectedly, I myself loved the book! That spread where the dragon says "what if I can't", does a somersault, and says "what if I can" is so cool. My habitual behavior is finding excuses in order not to things, but now I bring up that picture in my mind and it helps me to act bolder!
I read this book to a small group and also use it in individual sessions. I've used it several times with students who have anxious feelings at school. It also helps those who don't feel anxious about school understand what others are going through.Steve also sends out emails with easy steps on how to draw different dragons. The kids love this.