Edinburgh-based children’s writer Charlie James, author of Fish and Dino Egg (Bloomsbury), has written a series of feel-good poems for primary school children, designed to allay their fears and anxieties. The poems provide positive, culturally sensitive and relevant ways of addressing anxiety, isolation and fear. Activity worksheets are available.
The poems, under the title All Will Be Well, reveal the story of a little wood mouse who is confused, alone and scared in his own home territory. He views his familiar surroundings as a tangled jungle, filling him with anxiety and self-doubt. The poems gently and appropriately illustrate how normal it is to feel frightened and how comforting and empowering it can be to share your feelings.
Charlie James says: “Children are particularly vulnerable at the moment, deluged as they are by the words and actions of adults who, often unwittingly, heighten their anxieties.”
Charlie James is also a playwright. Her educational work, The Story of the Bottle Family, is aimed at helping families – especially teens – who are suffering from the impact of alcoholism. The play does not judge, condemn or trigger and is being workshopped under the guidance of leading professionals. For more information, please contact the author.