Beck Valley Books reviews “The Joy Thief” by Sean McCallum

The Joy Thief! is a story that helps children and adults to discover more about a subject that is often difficult to understand. Demonstrating the subjectivity of trauma, The Joy Thief! highlights how a seemingly ordinary occurrence can have a significant impact upon the wellbeing of a child, particularly if left unaddressed.

Challenging the idea that trauma only occurs during more “serious” incidents, The Joy Thief! leads us to conclude that such occurrences, or rather our responses to them, may be more significant for children’s mental health than we would perhaps like to admit.

The story of The Joy Thief! encourages help-seeking, while challenging adults to consider the way they handle such situations.

The story is written in a person-centred fashion, seeking to normalize a range of outcomes that children may experience following a traumatic experience – including the little-acknowledged phenomena of imaginary “friends.”

>Whilst highlighting positive themes of intersectional diversity, The Joy Thief! also challenges us to consider issues of parental absence, inattention, and invalidation within the context of the needs of children.

Above all, The Joy Thief! is a story of hope.

Book review

This is an excellent book for both parents and children as it demonstrates perfectly how a certain situation or occurrence in the young person’s life can affect their behavior, attitude and thought process.

The vibrant and vivid pictures support the written text in showing how and why the child is behaving and thinking the way they are. It also demonstrates how a child can be bothered by a certain issue and how afraid they are to openly speak about it.

Any parent instinctively knows when something is wrong and upsetting their child and this book demonstrates how to deal with the issue, and get the child to be open and trust their parents to help them overcome the problem.

The story is important as it has taught the child to deal with trauma, and how to explain things when they have grown up and become a parent themselves to their own children. The Joy Thief is a very well-written and illustrated story, perfect of any parent or child to read to help them be open, honest and most of all share their fears so they can be resolved and make them feel like a child should.

What I Hope for You

A Grandmother's Wishes
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Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-739-8
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: Audible, iTunes
Edition: 1st
Author: Jennifer Bonn
Illustrator: Bijan Sammadar
Pages: 24
Publication Date: 07/01/2023

What I Hope for You is the story of a grandmother's life hopes for her grandchild: a combination of wishes for happiness, strong character and a life of excitement, blessings and an everyday feeling of magic.

"What I Hope for You perfectly captures the joy and dreams of a grandmother for her young grandchild. Jen Bonn simply, vividly and sincerely expresses the hopes and wishes many of us have for our own grandchildren to become strong, loving and fulfilled in life. I will read this book many, many times to my own young grandson." -- Donna Wood, English teacher

"What I Hope for You is a lovely book of a grandparent's prayer for her grandchild's future. It is filled with beautiful imagery of castles by lakes and meadows full of flowers. The author dreams of the child being around nature and sensing God's beauty in the world, but also of the child growing into an adult with beauty inside their heart." -- Kathy Bridges, librarian

"I cannot say enough about What I Hope for You! I read it to my kids, and they loved it! It opened doors for wonderful questions and conversations. It is long enough to create a meaningful memory yet short enough to hold their attention. What wonderful affirmations to speak and pray over the ones we love the most!" -- Amber Faye Wardlaw, mother of three

"As a grandmother of three, this book resonated with me, and it is exactly what I would wish for my grandchildren. The first time I read What I Hope for You, I remembered my time with my grandmother, and I realized that these were all wishes she had for me." --Kimberly Tucker, aircraft mechanic III-Gen-Mods

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