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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2013
I was introduced to this at a work training day ( I work in a school) and was really moved by it. I tend to be a "bottler" of my feelings until it all comes pouring out like a burst pipe. Therefore I thought it would be good if my sons could identify and express their feelings before they build up. I bought this and was amazed at the beautiful thoughts and explanations my boys came out with. Both of them loved the book and really did listen to it. Afterwards we had a lovely long cuddle and discussion about how we feel, what we can do if we feel something we don't want to, and they even told me what their individual soul bird looks like which was really interesting and an insight into how they see themselves. They really seemed to like the bird, and it opened up such a lot of other questions such as "does our dog have a soul bird?" Do all living things? Ect they also opened up about what makes them feel sad, happy ect and they even opened up about bad thoughts because the soul bird allowed them to distance themselves from blame ie it wasn't me it was the soul bird ect, allowing me to really understand them.

Fantastic book we all loved it and the peace it creates at bedtime.im going to buy two more copies to allow them to colour the pictures in to look like their own soul birds as they imagine them! X
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
I bought this book with my 10yr old in mind - he'd been having a few problems with friends at school and I wanted to explain why it's important to stay true to yourself, but in a gentle way. He really liked it, and it did make sense to him. The surprise was how much my 6yr old loves this story - it's become one of his favourite bedtime stories.

It's beautifully written, with simple stylistic illustrations. Even if you don't believe in the soul, this is a lovely way to explain different feelings.
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on 15 April 2013
I have used this book as a meditation tool. It is wonderful to also read it to others who may be going through difficult times irrespective of age. My 4 children have been brought up with this book. It transends gender too. I have bought copies for many many people. You will not be disapointed with your purchase if you buy it.
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on 25 May 2013
This is a lovely book for opening discussions about feelings with children. It creates an image to de-personalised the cause of the feelings and allows you to look objectively at them. Very nicely written and illustrated.
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on 19 March 2014
Great for using with children in dealing with emotions, My class loved this and still talk about it. Would recommend
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on 5 May 2014
This is an amazingly soulful book for all ages, bought it for my grand daughter who was very intrigued by it!
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on 29 June 2015
Found it a little too light and bland - loved the title and the cover image, it's a sweet idea.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2010
I bought this book to read to my children and they loved it. The illustrations are very clear and simple and the message in this book is very clear. I loved the way the author portrayed feelings and how he used the metaphor of a drawer and a soul bird. My children really understood the symbolism and had a great discussion afterwards as to what drawer their soul bird had opened today. This is an excellent book for helping children to understand feelings and one that I highly recommend.
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on 15 November 2014
Bought as a gift having received a copy myself. lovely sentiment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2011
My daughter age9 keep's asking me about her soul .I found this book and it's a great way to explain it to a child in a friendly way ,I think it has put her mind at rest over lot's of worries she had.And it is great for making a child feel good about themselves and that it's Ok to feel cross or unhappy over thing's that other children may not do so about.
A great book all round .
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