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Shona Innes and Irisz Agocs - All books by this author

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Barron’s A Big Hug series offers a gentle and direct approach to the emotional issues that children face. Written by a clinical child psychologist, these books encourage youngsters to share and discuss tough topics with family and friends. Friendship is Like A Seesaw compares friendship to the classic playground ride—there are ups and downs, but in the end it’s all about balance.

“Friendship is like a seesaw.
Sometimes you might feel up in the air
when your friend feels low.
Other times you might feel down,
when your friend is up.
When things are balanced, both friends are happy.”

Endearing illustrations and gentle text explore friends at their best—sharing, laughing, and playing together—as well as friends who sometimes say hurtful things, leave others out, or get a bit bossy. The authors go on to discuss what we can do to rebalance and fix our friendships, like talking about our feelings, looking at our own friendship skills, or taking a break. A timeless lesson that older children and even adults can appreciate. (Ages 4–7)


Click here to read the “Smart Books for Smart Kids” interview with author Shona Innes.

From the Reviews:
“Just like Life is Like the Wind, the message of this book too is delivered in a gentle, uplifting manner. Shona Innes shows us how to deal with the many emotions that come with friendship and more importantly how priceless true friendships really are. The illustrations by Irisz Aggocs are darling and just as heartwarming as the life lessons delivered in the book. All parents should read ‘Life is Like the Wind’ and ‘Friendship is Like a Seesaw’ with their children.”

About The Authors:
Shonna Innes
is a qualified clinical and forensic psychologist with many years of experience assisting children in times of trouble.

Irisz Agocs has been delighting both children and adults for years with her endearingly whimsical watercolor illustrations, which can be found in books, advertising, animation, and more.


Hardcover w/jacket / 32 Pages / 9½ x 9 ½ / 2014


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