Perfect Petunias

USD $17.99 Tax Included

The ‘perfect’ book for little perfectionists everywhere!

Discover the ‘perfect’ book for little people who find it hard to make mistakes – little perfectionists like Loppy LAC, who can’t seem to stop worrying about not doing his homework well enough. He always focuses on what he hasn’t done, instead of what he has. Fortunately, he has a friend who teaches him about how petunias grow: in many different ways, with lots of imperfections.

This book is not only a fun and colourful adventure, but a gentle lesson, showing that we don’t always have to be in control. Sometimes, perfect can mean acceptance, and simply trying your best.

Download Teacher Notes here.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |

Lynn Jenkins is a clinical psychologist, author and mother of three. Lynn is passionate about early intervention in the social and emotional development of children, and has written two previous picture books on the topics of anxiety and worry (Lessons of a LAC and Brave) as well as two non-fiction titles for adults, Best Start and School Start.

Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and mother of four. She has illustrated several picture books (Lessons of a LAC, Brave and Dandelions) as well as creating designs for clothes, prints and pottery. She is passionate about illustrating picture books that have a ‘healing’ message and has a great understanding of the need for such books as a result of her previous work as a paediatric nurse.

Perfect Petunias is a book especially for those little people who find it hard to make mistakes, designed to ’shape’ perfectionistic tendencies towards being a little more self-accepting and flexible. Loppy LAC is very worried about not doing his homework well enough. He is always focusing on what he hasn’t done rather then what he has, and he becomes very frustrated. So, his friend Curly teaches him about how petunias grow — in lots of different, imperfect directions that we can’t control! Loppy learns that by trying to control whether he makes mistakes or not it’s as if he’s always trying to grow ‘perfect’ petunias.  Sometimes he just needs to accept that things go a certain way and to change his definition of ‘perfect’ to mean trying his absolute best. Perfect Petunias is the third book in the ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series. This gorgeous series, by an author and illustrator who are passionate about giving children ways to think about and manage common emotional difficulties, is a valuable resource for every child to help guide their emotional development.

New Idea, May 2018
“For kids who need to learn perfect just means trying your best .” – Click here to read in full.


Pass It On, April 2018
As Einstein once said, ‘Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.’ Perfect Petunias sets out to help children let go of perfection. The message: don’t give up, don’t worry and go with the flow. A positive message for little stress heads.” 


Reading Time – Children’s Book Council of Australia, February 2018
It’s easy to become frustrated when things don’t turn out quite right, and this book is a great resource to help little people understand their feelings and how to deal with them. It also shows adults a positive way to respond to help their little person.” – Click here to read the review in full.


The Mummy Project, February 2018
“Written by local psychologist Lynn Jenkins and local illustrator Kirrili Lonergan, this series is popular with Newcastle and Hunter families to assist with their children’s emotional development. Perfect Petunias is especially valuable for little people who find it hard to make mistakes. It strives to help them become more self-accepting and flexible” 
– Click here to read the review in full.


Bottomshelf Edu Blog, February 2018
“This is the third in a series to help Loppy the LAC (Little Anxious Creature) deal with his anxieties. in this case not being satisfied with anything that he sees as being less than perfect. Children like Loppy are present in every class. Helping them to see the glass half-full … can lay the foundations for strong mental and emotional health in the future.” –  Click here to read the review in full.


Kid’s Book Review, January 2018
“This is a terrific series built on the experience of the author, Lynn Jenkins, as a clinical psychologist and the illustrator, Kirrili Lonergan as a paediatric nurse. The characters are lovable, although total opposites. But their friendship works, and Curly supports Loppy through his various difficulties by suggesting strategies to alleviate his concerns.” – Click here to read the review in full.


Blue Wolf Reviews, January 2018
“There is a small block of text, on a large white background for easy reading and following, as well as brightly coloured pictures. These show purple petunias and a red stripy tail on Loppy. His message of “Sometimes I can do what I can, then I need to let my petunias grow,” is a wonderful catch phrase for those who struggle with not being perfect.
” – Click here to read the review in full.

You may also like…

Brave

Brave, the second book in the Lessons of a LAC series, provides kids with a strategy for how to face things that worry them. While kids are blessed with imagination, that can be a source of anxiety. However, it can also be tapped to help them to feel calm, confident and BRAVE! In Brave, Curly teaches Loppy how to manage his worries, specifically his worries about going to school. However, the technique of helping children to ‘find their brave’ can be applied to any challenging situation.

SPECIFICATIONS:  9781925117844 | Paperback | 310 x 230 mm / 12¼ x 9 inches | 32 Pages | Colour

Lessons of a LAC

USD $17.99 Tax Included

Download Teacher’s Notes here.

It’s tough to help an anxious child. Psychologist Lynn Jenkins knows this, from professional experience, and from being a mother! In Lessons of a Little Anxious Creature, she has created an essential emotional resource that encourages children to develop strategies for anxiety management, by discovering new, useful ways to think about their worries.

With this engaging book, you can support children in learning to manage anxiety, and help them take crucial steps to understanding and dealing with their emotions. It’s a fun and innovative way of building resilience, a foundation that will not only benefit kids now, but for the rest of their lives.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |

 

Grey-glasses-itis

USD $17.99 Tax Included

Life’s Brighter When You’re Not Wearing Grey Glasses!

The fourth book in the popular ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series, Grey-glasses-itis helps children to understand the link between how they see things and how they feel. Loppy notices that he feels differently when he looks at the world around him through different-coloured glasses. Yellow glasses make him feel cheerful. Grey glasses make him feel sad. Children will learn that a simple shift in perception can often give them some influence over their feelings, helping to build their emotional resilience.

Download the Teacher’s Notes Here

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm | 12 x 9 inches | Colour | 32 Pages

Tree: A Gentle Story of Love and Loss

USD $18.99 Tax Included

The fifth book in the popular ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series, Tree is a gentle story of loss that helps children to learn how to say goodbye and process grief.

Tree is the much-loved centerpiece of the community. But one day Curly and Loppy notice that Tree’s leaves are starting to fall — at the wrong time of year — and Tree’s bark is flaking.

It’s Tree’s time to leave. Fortunately Curly is able to teach Loppy how to accept that Tree is leaving, say goodbye, and commemorate Tree’s life.

Download the Teacher’s Notes Here

SPECIFICATIONS:  9781925820126 | Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 inches | 32 Pages | Colour