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Good-Bye Skink

$24.99 $19.99

by Suzanne T. Saldarini; ORI Academic Press
ISBN-13: 13: 978-1-942431-13-8 (soft, color)

Something’s wrong at Acorn School! A favorite classroom pet, a small brown Skink will not move. And it will not eat its treats; not juicy strawberries, no crunchy cheerios, and not even fresh green lettuce. The Skink always stands up on its back legs, but not now. The children’s questions and their feelings are very clear. What happened to our pet? What should we do? What comes next? Together, these pre-school children with their honest and tactful teacher share many of the feelings and thoughts that come to all of us when confronted with that most difficult of all topics – death. They also learn that sharing and expressing is a good first step towards comfort. GOOD-BYE SKINK is a resource for all ages.

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Harry’s Dream

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by Suzanne T. Saldarini
Illustrations by Simeone, Lou
Psychoanalytic Thought for Youth Series
ISBN: 9781942431015 (soft)

Over one hundred years ago, Freud showed us that dreams are over-determined. Events from the previous day, on-going projects and interests, conversations, childhood memories and feelings attached to all of these come together to form our night-time dramas. The same could be said about any invention, including this short story for young children. Harry’s Dream began with a real night-mare, was shaped by conversations, by interests and by Harry’s memories. Finally, it was determined by the commitment at ORI Academic Press to connect psychoanalytic concepts to ordinary experience. Harry’s Dream is Suzanne Saldarini’s second book for children published by the ORI Academic Press. Her first book, About Dreams, was nominated for a prestigious 2013 Gradiva® Award from the National Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Both books are included in Psychoanalytic Thought for Youth series. Harry’s Dream is brief, vivid and, hopefully, meaningful to anyone who cares for pre-school children.

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About Dreams

$19.99 $15.99

by Suzanne T. Saldarini
Illustrations by Simeone, Lou
Psychoanalytic Thought for Youth Series
ISBN: 9780984870066 (soft, color)

School-age children are drawn to mysteries – what can be more mysterious than a dream? The importance of this topic for children rests in the tough questions raised by frightening dreams. For example, where do such scary images come from? Will those things really happen? Why do I dream anyway? Inviting readers to explore these issues encourages them to confront and diminish anxiety. Observing connections between events, feelings, decisions and wishes exercises problem-solving skills, affirms the value of internal experience, encourages communication and discourages avoidance and withdrawal.