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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Book review - The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina plus $25 Amazon/Paypal Giveaway!


The Magic Home is a story for those who believe in magic, to turn fear into bravery and let fantasies run wild! This is a tale of a little boy that lives with his family, plays happily in the courtyard with his brother, sister, a brown dog and a fluffy white rabbit, and cannot wait to start school. Suddenly he has to leave for an unpredictable journey...

The Magic Home offers psycho-educational support for children, parents and childhood professionals who are assisting children through the difficult transition of displacement. The author presents a guide for caregivers grounded in the principles of Play Therapy that allows children to be engaged in a dynamic and engaging process based on their capacities and the objectives defined by a caring adult. The book is ideal for easy reading with individuals and groups, and the suggested activities can be used between parent and child, at school, in a healthcare agency or any other place where children spend time.

"The Magic Home is an endearing and enduring story of a child's journey to deal with unimaginable feelings of sadness, loss and displacement. This touching story teaches us how to tap into the child's resilience using the healing power of play and expressive arts. The Magic Home is a must-have book for child clinicians, caregivers and child professionals to use with children displaced from their homes, regardless of the situation." -- Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, MA, RPT-S, founder and president emeritus of the New York Association for Play Therapy.

"The Magic Home is a comforting story about a little boy who loses all that is familiar and faces many uncertainties in his new life until he meets Ina, who helps him feel that he is not alone. This gently told story and sweet illustrations offer children who have faced disruptions in their families a sense of control over their circumstances and hope for a brighter future." -- Sue Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, director emerita, Center for Play Therapy at University of North Texas

"The Magic Home takes us on a journey that is dealing with loss, adjustment and, most importantly, feelings. This book helps adults help children with big feelings that are hard to understand. The added suggestions on how to use the book and reusable figures are a valuable addition. A delightful and helpful book that helps us all know we have a magic home." -- Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPCS, RPT-S, distinguished professor emerita and past president of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) board of directors.

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

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Page from The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina
Page from The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina
Our review
A very well written and illustrated book to show how children feel and how they all have their special place and special thoughts that they tend to go to when they need help to make them feel safe and secure.
The story starts with how much the routine and familiar sights and sounds means to a young person and then this routine is disrupted when his Mother takes him away from this safe environment.
They set up in a new home and the book expertly describes the young boys fears and emotions showing very strong research in this particular area. The easy writing and pictures make ideal discussion points to find out how a child would feel with such a big chance in their life.
With the change of home comes the biggest challenge of any youngsters life at the start of school and goes through all of the questions a child would have about starting school again making it an excellent tool to help your own child overcome their fears.
The authors research into the behaviour of a child comes to fruition when they actually explain how by having happy thoughts about where your child feels safe and secure can calm them down and help them cope with the major change which is happening in their lives.
Reading this book and looking at the pictures will be a very useful tool to have in your library to share with your child when they are feeling scared or vulnerable as it will encourage them to openly discuss their own fears without feeling pressured to do so.

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About the Author
Isabella Cassina is a Swiss social worker specialized in International Cooperation and Therapeutic Play. She holds a Master of Arts from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies IHEID in Geneva, and she is recognized Therapeutic Play Specialist by the Association for Play Therapy Italy APTI. She worked for the Swiss Red Cross as Head of the Social Services in the refugees sector. Isabella has acknowledged significant experience as humanitarian worker, trainer and international speaker. She is co-founder and project manager for INA International Academy for Play Therapy studies and PsychoSocial Projects based in Switzerland, and consultant for the APTI. She has undertaken a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy in Switzerland..

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