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Perfect Petunias is a book especially for those little people who find it hard to make mistakes, designed to ’shape’ perfectionistic tendencies towards being a little more self accepting and flexible. Loppy LAC is very worried about not doing his homework well enough. He is always focusing on what he hasn’t done rather then what he has, and he becomes very frustrated. So, his friend Curly teaches him about how petunias grow — in lots of different, imperfect directions that we can’t control! Loppy learns that by trying to control whether he makes mistakes or not it’s as if he’s always trying to grow ‘perfect’ petunias. Sometimes he just needs to accept that things go a certain way and to change his definition of ‘perfect’ to mean trying his absolute best. Perfect Petunias is the third book in the ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series. This gorgeous series, by an author and illustrator who are passionate about giving children ways to think about and manage common emotional difficulties, is a valuable resource for every child to help guide their emotional development.
Shortlisted for Speech Pathology of Australia Awards 2018 Ollie’s Treasure is tale of mindfulness for young, developing minds. It’s a story about how simply noticing and taking in what is on offer to our senses can lead to the Holy Grail of treasure — happiness. Ollie’s Treasure takes children on a treasure hunt. Ollie’s grandma sends him a treasure map that promises to lead him to ‘something that will make him happy always’. Of course, Ollie thinks this ‘something’ will be a toy of some sort, but he gets both a rude shock and a big surprise when his treasure turns out to be him! By following his grandmother’s treasure map, he is taken on a journey of his senses, encouraged to notice what he can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. It comes as quite a surprise to him to realise that noticing such things makes him feel happy, and that the key to happiness can be found in his own mind not in material possessions.
Lessons of a Lac is a picture book that is really a resource tool! Through the characters, Loppy and Curly, your child will learn a useful ‘way’ to think about their worries – the first crucial step in managing it. Looking out for what can go wrong is all Loppy knows – until he meets Curly Calmster! Curly teaches Loppy that perhaps he doesn’t have to look out for worst-case scenarios all the time and, to Loppy’s surprise, life starts to look a bit different.
Brave' gives your child a strategy to do things they are worried about doing. Imagination is a very natural ‘go to’ for children. It can be a source of terror (as in anxiety), BUT it can also be tapped to help them to feel calm, confident and BRAVE! Brave is consistent with the first book in this series, Lessons of a LAC, Curly teaches Loppy how to manage his worries, specifically, his worries about going to school. The technique of helping children to ‘find their brave’ when faced with a challenging situation can be applied to whatever the difficulty might be. We hope you enjoy empowering your child with the tool of finding their BRAVE!
Dandelions beautifully explores the father daughter bond. A little girl notices her father mowing the lawn -- in the process destroying her favorite flowers: the dandelions. She rushes out to stop him, but she's too late, they're all gone. There's nothing for it: she's just going to have to sit outside and wait until they grow back! But fortunately, Dad has another idea.
The school pack is a great resource for teachers wishing to incorporate Loppy and Curly as part of their teaching. The resource contains a copy of the Lessons of a LAC book, plush characters, finger puppets plus a USB stick containing complete lesson plans linked to the Australian curriculum.
Share the wisdom of Curly with Courage Cards, a pack of 12 cards each with a different ‘Curly’ message. Kids can keep these cards close by as reminders of how they can balance out their 'Loppy' chatter. These cards are a useful tool to get kids to brainstorm possible ‘Curly’ phrases and reinforce positive self-talk.
Make Loppy and Curly move using these adorable finger puppets! Created after parents and kids requested small figures of the popular characters, these are ideal for pockets or school bags. These finger puppets are a useful visual aid to teach and reinforce the Loppy chatter and Curly calming messages.