Float: A Guide to Letting Go
Aimee L. Ruland, author
Carl R. Anderson, illustrator
Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615994601, $26.95, HC, 34pp, www.amazon.com
“Float: A Guide to Letting Go” is a picture book approach to encouraging children to process their emotions gently and in a way that allows them purposeful ownership of what they think and how they feel. It will aid them in identifying the root of their feelings, help them to examine their reactions to emotions and decide for themselves what they may be ready to release. The thoughtful use of color and symbols, and the guided practice of breathwork, encourages children ages 5-8 to maintain a broad focus as they become more grounded and aware. The playful rhyme dances with young readers as they grow on their journey to the present, where they are beautifully set free as they: Learn how to identify and examine emotions; Understanding how to release unwanted thoughts and feelings; Give themselves permission to acknowledge, accept, feel and heal in a unique way. While unreservedly recommended and fully endorsed for family, elementary school, and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Float: A Guide to Letting Go” is also available in a paperback edition (9781615994595, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.95) and an audiobook at Audible.com and iTunes stores.