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The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

Kara Simpson, Ali Redford

Boy built a wall to keep himself safe. Behind it he felt strong and more protected. Then Someone Kind came along. She bounced a ball, sang and painted on the other side of the wall, and Boy began to wonder if life on the other side might be better after all. Written for children aged 4 to 9, this gentle full-colour picture book uses a simple metaphor to explain how children who have had painful or traumatic experiences can build barriers between themselves and other people. It will help children explore their feelings and encourage communication.

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23 August 2021

Fantastic book for lower junior children to explore emotional pain.
Would be good to use for ELSA sessions or similar to explore barriers that children can put up.
Also a great reminder to teachers to be resilient and that these things can take time.


27 August 2021

It’s about a boy who builds a wall around himself and he’s very sad. Someone kindl helped him to take down the wall with talking, colours and songs. Someone kind helped to turn the wall into a bridge and he was happy then.

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