Life Education Trust's mission is 'Teaching tamariki and rangatahi knowledge to make informed choices about their health, respect others and learn to appreciate their uniqueness.' This week Life Education Trust Hamilton's educator Amy has selected 'Rising Tide' as their book of the week. Her review is below. Thanks Amy & Harold!
Anyone can access 'Rising Tide' for free via The Worry Bug website. There is a downloadable ebook and audio book version in english and te reo, with notes for parents, teachers and therapists.
Rising Tide is a junior chapter book that tells the story of a young boy named Ari and his family. Ari finds school very challenging and this story introduces themes of inter-generational Dyslexia and learning difficulties, shame, secrets and worries. The story is told from a strength-based perspective and highlights all the things that are amazing about Ari, his Dad and his Koro. It shows how overwhelming Ari finds the one quality about himself that he doesn’t feel so good about and how big his worries related to this can get. Sharing Ari’s thoughts and feelings, the author shows us he faces challenges to develop his resilience and emotional intelligence. A dangerous flash flood presents an opportunity for Ari’s family to work together and in doing so they build the trust needed to finally let all their shameful family secrets out in the open. Ari feels so much less worried once he realises that he’s not the only one who’s experienced these struggles…..
Like other Sarina Dickson books, Rising Tide has a comprehensive section at the end that provides support for teachers and families. There are lesson plans related to the book, thorough explanations of the thought-traps presented in the story with strategies to overcome these and suggestions for family exercises that work on building healthy minds together as a whaanau.
Sarina Dickson is a writer, artist and educator based in Christchurch, New Zealand.