A touching story about curiosity, empathy, care of the environment, and overcoming fears…
A word from the author…
“[Among other things] I also think Finn’s care and concern for this one tree is representative of how most children feel about the environment as a whole. The young generation care deeply about nature and saving the world, and I like the idea of encouraging child activism.”
– Alison McLennan
The Illustrator’s Process
“Recycled papers are the predominant media used; recycled teabags are used in all my artworks and illustrations, and added to these are the outside of coffee cups, wrapping paper, gift bags and serviettes. Once all of the paper pieces have been collaged in place, I then add the finer details.”
– Melissa Johns
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
This book focuses on the important emotional intelligence (EQ) tools of kindness and empathy and covers other themes such as caring for the environment and overcoming fears. Growing Pains is presented in an easily relatable way for parents and teachers to introduce these important topics to young children.
Teacher’s Notes are available here
Rascals and Rainbows
“This is an endearing story, perfect for children who struggle with change in routine and anxiety.”
Little C’s Reading Corner
“a brilliantly written picture book that highlights the topic of overcoming anxiety in children and learning to cope with change.”
Bookworms for Kids
“The story flows smoothly and allows the illustrations to add their spark and even a pinch of humor. These are done in a textured style, which allows artistic flair while keeping everything easy to identify.” Click here for the full review
“Your heart will melt when you meet Dindim, a little penguin lost in the waves who ends up on the coast of Brazil. Children will find much to love about this book, not only in the story.” Click here for the full review
“ Finn’s new tree must get growing pains too, feel the cold, but the tree pays back with comfort. Colourful collage illustrations”
“ A new book book about a boy growing up and experiencing feelings of curiosity, empathy and care for the environment”
Just Write for Kids
“an important book for young children to realise their own courage and resilience, and inspire care for the world around us. This is one that will absolutely burst your own heart with love.” Click here for the full review.
South Sydney Herald
“The lush collage art this in picture book is a delight – adding whimsy and gentleness to a tender tale of empathy, kindness and care for the environment, and how to draw on the strengths of others to overcome your fears.” Click here for the full review.
Blue Wolf Reviews
“Charming and fun.” Click here for the full review.
Kids’ Book Review
“a lovely exploration of curiosity and a child’s world from a child’s perspective. It’s filled with wonder” Click here for the full review.
“Growing Pains is a quiet, lovely story, and a visual delight. It also has a message for a child to discover along the way. I recommend this book as a great bedtime read” Click here for the full review.
Bookworm for Kids
“a touching story about curiosity, kindness, empathy, care of the environment, and overcoming your fears.” Click here for the full review.