Thank you for taking the time to visit my brand-new website for 5 IN A BOAT BOOKS. I am so excited to be here, sharing my new venture with you and hope that you enjoy learning more about me, my vision and my recently published picture book, 'Ted, the Sea and Me'. There’s a great deal of exciting work going on behind the scenes, and plenty of creative ideas and plans, for how the book can be used to facilitate a child centred, mindful approach to supporting emotional regulation and wellbeing.
Ted, the Sea and Me, takes the reader on a journey into the sea with Tilly and her inflatable turtle float, Ted. As they encounter the different seas; ‘warm and wavy’, ‘deep and dark’, Ted encourages Tilly to explore the similarities between her feelings and the sea. Tilly learns that feelings ‘come and go’ like the changing tides and takes comfort from knowing that the more uncomfortable feelings, won’t last forever. Tilly learns that sometimes you can’t always ‘ride’ these emotions safely, and that taking some time out on the shore to breathe and wait, helps her to acknowledge and engage with her feelings, without becoming completely overwhelmed by them. Ted encourages Tilly to consider how she senses her emotions in her body and highlights the importance and uniqueness of these emotions.
My book has been beautifully illustrated by the hugely talented LEANNE COELHO, who has captured and interpreted my story perfectly.