Bibliotherapy – Children Relate to Story Characters

In the recent second edition of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift, I included an introduction, which contains valuable information to help readers gain a better understanding of how to use the book before they begin their journey with Princess Shayna.

Below are excerpts from the the introduction, which begins with a whimsical illustration of Sarah Spundah telling readers to STOP and read her important messages!

“I am Sarah Spundah, Guardian of the Forest of Friendship and travel companion to Princess Shayna. Since the first edition of Princess Shayna was published, thousands of parents, teachers, school counselors, therapists and others with children in their lives have contacted the author to share how Princess has changed their lives.

Through their journey with Princess Shayna and relating to the different characters and villages in the book, they discovered the value of family bonds, open lines of communication in a wide range of settings, their attributes and abilities, and thinking /learning styles.

With this updated version, based on these successes, new materials for parents and educators can be found at my website. In addition, at the end of the book, you will find a Gift Giver’s Guide with questions for each chapter designed to help adults start a conversation with their children and encourage children to talk about how the story relates to their own lives. Inner strength and self-reliance will grow from the readers’ and listeners’ identification with the characters in the story.

Each of my “Sarah Spundah Says” is a spark that illuminates the essence of this enchanting fairy tale.

Sarah Spundah Says… Children relate to story characters to solve their problems.

Reading Princess Shayna uses Bibliotherapy, which is the effective use of a story to teach life’s lessons and deal with problems through examples of characters who the reader and/or listener can relate.

Children feel their problems are less threatening and learn how to handle difficulties when they realize that other children and adults encounter similar problems. Stories, especially fairy tales that speak to the heart and spirit of the child within all of us, are invaluable tools to help a child deal with life’s triumphs and tragedies.”

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  1. Laurie Buchanan on December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Sarah Spundah sounds like my kinda gal!

    • sheila on December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Yes, she is just like you…wise, compassionate, confident, skillful, courageous, helpful, loyal and compassionate!

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