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Violet Shrink

by Christine Baldacchino
illustrated by Carmen Mok

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emotions & feelings
list price: $14.95
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
published: 2020
ISBN:9781773062068
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
3 to 7
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Description

Violet Shrink doesn’t like parties. Or bashes, or gatherings. Lots of people and lots of noise make Violet’s tummy ache and her hands sweat. She would much rather spend time on her own, watching the birds in her backyard, reading comics or listening to music through her purple headphones. The problem is that the whole Shrink family loves parties with loud music and games and dancing.

At cousin Char’s birthday party, Violet hides under a table and imagines she is a shark gliding effortlessly through the water, looking for food. And at Auntie Marlene and Uncle Leli’s anniversary bash, Violet sits alone at the top of the stairs, imagining she is a slithering snake way up in the branches.

When Violet learns that the Shrink family reunion is fast approaching, she musters up the courage to have a talk with her dad.

In this thoughtful story about understanding and acceptance, Violet’s natural introversion and feelings of social anxiety are normalized when she and her father reach a solution together. Christine Baldacchino’s warm text demonstrates the role imagination often plays for children dealing with anxiety, and the power of a child expressing their feelings to a parent who is there to listen. Carmen Mok’s charming illustrations perfectly capture Violet’s emotions and the vibrancy of her imagination. A valuable contribution to books addressing mental health.

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About the Authors

Christine Baldacchino

Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. Her picture book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress was a Stonewall Honor recipient and the winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book. She lives with her husband in Toronto.

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Carmen Mok

CARMEN MOK is an illustrator and product designer with experience in typography, photography and graphic design. She is a studio-art graduate of the University of Waterloo and a crafts and design graduate of Sheridan College, Ontario.

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