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Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder Paperback – October 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford (October 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412039312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412039314
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,071,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This is an absolutely wonderful book that provides parents an opportunity to help their children with bipolar disorder understand the illness in language that is child friendly and truthful. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, they depict the depth of emotions that are seen in this illness with unbelievable detail. This book is a MUST HAVE for every child with bipolar disorder and a wonderful addition to every home library. Only through education and knowledge can parents and children develop the skills necessary to successfully fight this very serious neurological brain disorder and empower the child to take control of their illness!" -- Dr Donna Gilcher, Executive Director of The STARFISH Advocacy Association

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"A powerful, yet simple fictional story about a young boy living with bipolar disorder. Readers learn about Brandon's symptoms, fears, and treatment from a child's viewpoint. One of our children, age 7, wouldn't part with it. Suitable for ages 4-10 but can also serve as a tool for improving communications with siblings, teachers, and friends."

More About the Author

Tracy Anglada is an award-winning mental health writer and the founder and Executive Director of BPChildren. Anglada's books have been recommended as resources by Harvard Graduate School of Education, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, The Juvenile Research Bipolar Foundation, BPMagazine, Scholastic Online, Canadian Mental Health Association, Children's Physician Network, Children's Mercy Hospital, The International Society for Bipolar Disorders, and many more.

Customer Reviews

It really helped him express his feelings.
Sharon Sanderson
This book is a MUST HAVE for every child with bipolar disorder and a wonderful addition to every home library.
Donna Gilcher
I recommend this book for any family with a child who is or has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
Rebecca Croft

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gigg (NY) on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Brandon and the Bipolar Bear is a wonderful tool to help explain to a child what bipolar illness is without talking down to him. The way the story is written will not bore a child with long and overly detailed clinical explainations. The new illustrations are wonderful and make the story not only informative for the Brandons in our lives but do so in a gentle, non frightening manner. There are wonderful examples of what the child is feeling so other children can more easialy understand what kids they know with this diagnosis are feeling. So glad there is finally something that can be shared with the community.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bryna on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book helps explain bipolar disorder and the treatment for it to both the child with the illness and the parents (and siblings). The illustrations help the book come alive and allow the child to see him or herself in the story and relate to Brandon. And while this book explains a serious illness, it offers hope. This is the best tool to introduce and explain this illness to a child.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donna Gilcher on October 24, 2004
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This is an absolutely wonderful book that provides parents an opportunity to help their children with bipolar disorder understand the illness in language that is child friendly and truthful. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful,they depict the depth of emotions that are seen in this illness with unbelievable detail. This book is a MUST HAVE for every child with bipolar disorder and a wonderful addition to every home library. Only through education and knowledge can parents and children develop the skills necessary to successfully fight this very serious neurological brain disorder and empower the child to take control of their illness!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on October 23, 2004
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Parents of children with pediatric bipolar disorder will celebrate the release of this new color version of Brandon and the Bipolar Bear. It is a beautifully illustrated story told with compassion and understanding of a complex and difficult to treat disorder. My child benefited greatly from reading this book when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It helped her to understand many of the symptoms she was dealing with and gave her hope for the future. It was also helpful for her sister to read to gain insight into her sibling's illness. Brandon and the Bipolar Bear is written in a way that children can relate to, using language and descriptions of symptoms that they can easily identify with. It is a wonderful resource and educational tool for parents, therapists, doctors and educators. It is a must have book for anyone who works with or cares for a child with pediatric bipolar disorder.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessy on December 12, 2004
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This is a Must have for any home with Children that have Bipolar Disorder or, anyone who wants to learn more about the Disorder. It helps Children to realize that they are not alone in this world.This book had great pictures with very vivid color.It has nice Paper with a nice Gloss finish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 23, 2005
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This book has been great for my daughter. She really enjoyed finding a book about another kid like her. It also came in handy to explain to family and daycare workers exactly what she feels like. This book is a great resource for parents and young children dealing with bipolar.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jetlu on October 25, 2007
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I am both a mental health care professional, and a mother of a child with Bipolar II. Although Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Cyclothalmia, differ greatly; there are many similarities. Unfortunately, none of them were connected in this book. When my child read it, the comment was, "I could never relate to this book. It's not me!". Nothing of the racing thoughts; the obsessiveness; the disruptive sleep patterns, etc. I shared the book with many of the families I work with, almost all had similar responses.I am happy to see the topic come up and be published for children. I just wish it could have been something that more of them and their parents could actually relate to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nana to bipolar kid on March 11, 2007
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Want your child to find some comfort and understanding of what is happening to him/her. This book will help. Be sure to the the Biolar Child for yourself.
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