Tilda Tries Again
32pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
Tilda’s world is just the way she likes it. She has her toys, books and friends. But then something happens that turns everything upside down and nothing is the way it was. Nothing seems to be right and gradually Tilda retreats into herself, into a dark place where she doesn’t want to do or try anything. What’s the point?
Toys, books and friends are abandoned and she is swallowed by the darkness. Until one day she sees a ladybird on its back, struggling to get back on her feet again…
This is another in this series which includes Perfectly Norman, Ruby’s Worry, Ravi’s Roar, and Meesha Makes Friends , that examines the big feelings that are a natural part of a child’s life, feelings that they might not yet be able to articulate and don’t have the strategies to deal with. It gives the reader some guidance into coping with tricky situations that threaten to overwhelm, to help them build resilience and embrace a ‘can do’ approach to life. It offers affirmation that everyone has to confront those times when nothing works out quite as they wished, usually because there are factors beyond our control, and that we have to deal with the altered circumstances rather than what we dreamt of. That even though the clouds may surround us in gloom, they move on to show the sun is still shining and the birds still singing, if we put our brave on and stare them down.
This is a series that is going to be particularly important in the weeks ahead as children return from weeks of isolation and all the negative feelings and events that that has entailed and emerge to be with friends again, navigating and negotiating the new boundaries -emotional, mental, social and physical – that separation has altered and shaped who we now are. By starting with a story and inviting others to share theirs, little ones can start to understand that their big feelings are normal and can be managed.