Bob Rich reviews Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka

I have reviewed several other therapeutic children’s books published by Loving Healing Press, so my expectations were high. I was not disappointed by Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka

Aimed at 5-8 year old children with diagnosable depression, this little book has two components: first the illustrated story with rhyming couplets simple enough for a Grade 3 child to read, and for all to enjoy when read by an adult; then a section for parents that is scientifically accurate, in plain language. This part addresses several myths without lecturing, and lists relevant resources within the USA.

The illustrations are delightful, and will be enjoyed by any kid. The characters are a wise raven (with a Ph.D. no less), and several Australian native animals who interact in a very human way that should a raise laugh by both parents and children.

Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka is not actually a therapeutic book. Rather, in both the story and the parents’ component, it educates about depression, destigmatizes mental illness, and encourages people to seek professional help. It informs the reader about the symptoms, and motivates parents to act.

I can thoroughly recommend this fun little book.

U.P. Colony

SKU 978-1-61599-606-3
$11.95
The Story of Resource Exploitation in Upper Michigan -- Focus on Sault Sainte Marie Industries
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In the 1980s, Phil Bellfy pondered the question: Why does Sault,Ontario, appear to be so prosperous, while the "Sault" on the American side has fallen into such a deplorable state? Could the answer be that the "American side" was little more than a "resource colony"-or to use the academic jargon of "Conflict and Change" Sociology-an "Internal Colony." In UP Colony, Bellfy revisits his graduate research to update us the state of the Sault.

The ultimate question: why has the U.P.'s vast wealth, nearly unrivaled in the whole of the United States, left the area with poverty nearly unrivaled in the whole of the United States? None of the conventional explanations from "distance to markets," to "too many people," to "disadvantageous production costs," have any credibility. Simply put: "Where did the $1.5 billion earned from copper mining, $1 billion from logging, and nearly $4 billion in iron ore go?"

To get to the bottom of these thorny questions, Bellfy looks at the possible economic pressures imposed by "external colonial powers." The pressure-points examined in this book include presence of a complimentary economy, lopsided investment in one sector, monopoly style management, disparity of living standards, a repressive conflict-resolution system, and the progressive growth of inequality over time.

In UP Colony, Dr. Bellfy has revisited his MA Thesis and brought this analysis up-to-date in conjunction with the Sault's Semisepticentennial-the 350th anniversary of its French founding in 1668.

From Ziibi press www.ZiibiPress.com

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