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A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales: From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra

by Susan Perrow Hawthorn Press
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Pbk 144 pages
AU$42.99 NZ$43.47
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This illustrated collection of behaviour tales offers story medicine as a creative strategy for parenting, teaching and counselling. Following the alphabet from A to Z, each behaviour is identified in the story title: angry, anxious, bullying, demanding, fussy … greedy … jealous ... loud … obnoxious … quibbling … uncooperative … and more.


Covering a range of universal challenges, the stories, some humorous, some more serious, are suitable for three to nine years - and the child in every adult.   All 42 stories begin with an undesirable or out-of-balance situation and, through the use of metaphor and an imaginative story journey, lead to a more desirable resolution. In this way, story medicine also has the potential for nurturing positive values.   


Stories may not be magic pills that have powers to fix or heal all difficulties, but they can be a wonderful and more pleasant alternative to nagging and lecturing. And sometimes ‘magic’ does happen and a story does make a difference!

Dedication; Introduction: Story Medicine; A Angry Ant; A Anxious Roo and Anything New; B Billy Bully Wind; B Bored Baboon; B Bossy Bula; C Clanging Crashing Clock; C Cranky Cockatoo; D Demanding Dodo; D Destructive Dana; D Dishonest Dingo; E Over-eager Elephant; F Fussy Foo-Foo; G Greedy Garden Spade; H Hurting biting hippo; I Intolerant Irises; J Jealous Jewel; J Jumpity Juju; K Kicking Kanga; K Klingy Koala; L Lazy Lizzie; L Loud Lyrebird; M Messy Mermaid; N Noisy Gnomes; N No-No Nobby; O Obnoxious Octopus; P Perfectionist Pat; P Pesky Pelican; P Procrastinating Pudden; Q Quibbling Queen; R Restless Red Pony; R Reticent Robot; S Scaredy Sun Bear; S Strawberry Shy and Raspberry Wild; S Swickity Snickity Swearing Snake;T Tearful Tida; U Untidy Ursula; U Unco-operative Umbrella; V Vain Velvet; W Whingeing Whistler; X Xtremely Dominant Xylophone; Y Yellow Mellow Yacht; Z Zestless Zebra; Ways to use Story Medicine


GÇ£Susan is a trailblazer for the movement for healing stories.… The playfulness of this book makes it clear to you, the reader, that you can adapt Susan's tales for your own situation or even create your own. I hope you enjoy this delicious story medicine!n++?-á

Susan Perrow runs therapeutic storytelling seminars from China to Africa, Europe to America and across her own sun-drenched land of Australia.  She is a storyteller, teacher trainer, parent educator and counsellor. She is author of Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour and Therapeutic Storytelling. A-Z Behaviour Tales offers new stories from her research and workshops.