The Adventures of the Little Tin Tortoise is a practical, interactive storybook for building and maintaining self-esteem in children aged seven to nine.
Using the tradition of oral story-telling, Deborah Plummer encourages children to consider the self-esteem issues encountered by a little tin tortoise on a journey to discover who he really is. The various obstacles and helpers he encounters along the way include worries, bullying, making decisions and friendship and children will gain age-appropriate insights from the story depending on their needs and level of understanding. Activity sheets and expansion topics also prompt children to explore the seven key elements of healthy self-esteem - self-knowledge, self and others, self-acceptance, self-reliance, self-expression, self-confidence and self-awareness - through active participation and discussion in pairs or groups.
Teachers, parents, carers and all who support children in the development of healthy self-esteem will find this an essential resource.
Deborah Plummer is a registered speech and language therapist with over 20 years' experience of working with both children and adults within the NHS. She is also an Imagework practitioner and runs workshops and short courses on the use of imagery and issues of self-esteem. She has extensive experience of facilitating groups and of working individually with children and adults who have low self-esteem. She is the author of Using Interactive Imagework with Children, Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem and Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Part One: Theoretical and Practical Background. 1. Introduction. 2. The Nature of Story-Telling. 3. The Nature of Healthy Self-Esteem. 4. Guidelines for Sharing the Story. Part Two: The Adventures of the Little Tin Tortoise. Part Three: Activity Sheets and Guidance Notes. Appendix A: Expansion topics relevant to National Curriculum guidelines for PHSE and citizenship. Appendix B: Explanation of drama strategies. Appendix C: Character drawings.