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Sunday 12 November 2017

Review: Hey Warrior

Everyone gets anxious, even very young children. Separation anxiety is one of the earliest, natural signs that the ancient 'flight or fright' mechanisms is in solid working order.

But what do you do when that mechanism goes into overdrive?

Hey Warrior explains how the tiny peanut-shaped source of this trouble, the amygdala, can make your body change and even get stuck in an anxiety-related cycle.

Norvile Dovidonyte's illustrations bring light and humour to the domino effect that unchecked anxiety can create and Karen Young offers practical ways to tame that internal warrior. In fact, through their teamwork, Hey Warrior shows children how it's possible to become friends with this jumpy part of your brain.

I absolutely adore the way Karen Young personifies the amygdala and invites children to take control. By understanding the flight or fright reflex and how it needs help to stay calm, children find someone to look after. I believe people of all ages will find Hey Warrior's cute breathing technique irresistible, too. I can't wait to choose a favourite soft toy and try it out with some of my very special little friends.

Hey Warrior, through it's child-focussed, factually-based tale, demystifies what can be extremely distressing for children and adults alike. It's a must-have classic that I hope will find its way onto family, preschool and psychologist's shelves.

Title: Hey Warrior
Author: Karen Young
Illustrator: Norvile Dovidonyte
Publisher: Little Steps, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 December 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925545098
For ages: 5 years +
Type: Junior Non-Fiction