All Birds Have Anxiety explores the symptoms of anxiety disorder and their impact on day-to-day life through colorful images of life as a bird. Its humorous yet gentle approach recognizes the stress that anxiety can cause, helping people to better understand how it feels to have anxiety.
Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behavior, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colorful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humor what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Following the style of the best-selling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful color photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change. The combination of understanding and gentle humor make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.
"With their mix of words and pictures Kathy Hoopmann's books have always put a smile on my face even as they've explained complex and sometimes scary issues in terms any child can understand. All Cat's Have Asperger's made autism relatable to thousands of children. Her new book on anxiety promises to do the same for a much more common condition that all of us know, and many of us live with."--John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye and Switched On; Neurodiversity Scholar, The College of William & Mary)
"Hoopmann explores the complicated subject of anxiety, including many of its causes and symptoms and different coping mechanisms, in this compact, accessible title. The book is composed of colorful and often humorous photographs of various types of birds, accompanied by simple sentences about day-to-day life with anxiety. For example, a page about feeling nervous in crowds is paired with an image of a large colony of penguins. This lighthearted approach helps make a complex topic child-friendly and easy to understand. Readers are provided with an overview of the daily feelings and challenges associated with apprehension. Suggested solutions are also presented. Hoopmann encourages readers to face what scares them and see it as something that can be managed. By offering an empathetic and relatable look at anxiety, this resource can help promote mental health awareness among children and their families. VERDICT--A fine addition to school libraries and guidance counselor offices."--School Library Journal
Kathy Hoopmann is an author of twenty-one books, published in four countries with translations into thirteen languages. She has won and been shortlisted for many literary awards including the Children's Book Council of Australia Award, the Childhood Wellness Moonbeam Award (US), and two Nautilus Awards (US). Kathy is best known for her writing on Asperger syndrome and the simplicity, charm and insight of these books has made them must-haves for explaining the diagnoses of Asperger's worldwide.
Ages 6 and up; Grade Level: 1 and up. 72 pages. 2017
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