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The Gorilla and the Fairy Hardcover – March 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Hara Publishing Group (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883697530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883697532
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,388,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will bring to light for so many people in this situation that there is hope.
kathyj
This is also good to read to children so they can see the signs in their own relationships and not fall victim.
"sherriann"
Not only adults, but the children from abusive situations can benefit from this wonderful book.
Kaycha

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
"The Gorilla and the Fairy" is a beautifully illustrated book with an allegorical story about domestic violence. For those who are in a domestic violence situation this is probably a very good book. It details the most common techniques that an abuser uses to separate the victim from their support system and the common fears and thoughts of the victim. With a positive ending it is an encouraging book for those in that situation that shows them that they are not the only ones in that position and there is a choice. It may not be easy, but it is there.
The other group that would probably benefit from this book would be those that have recently come out of a domestic violence situation and are still in the healing process. Healing can take a long time and the book provides encouragement to help them heal.
This is a great book to use as a starting place for a serious discussion of domestic violence with children, teenagers just starting to experiment with relationships and those who are in, just out of, or know someone in an abusive relationship.
I did find something disturbing about the book but had a really hard time putting my finger on what it was. So, I asked a couple of people that had been in those situations to read it and give me their thoughts. I also asked a couple that had been in such a situation and now were happily married. The ones that were out of such a relationship but now happily married also found something disturbing about the book but could not figure out what it was. Finally we sat down and figured out what bothered us about the book. There is absolutely no positive male image in the book at any point. The picture of the rescuing angels are all female, no indication of a male fairy also out in the light and helpful and supportive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2002
I bought this book from a friend who knew the author. My attitude was I am 50 years old and I am really not interested in an Adult Fairy Tale but because my friend beg me to read it I did. I have now read it 10 times and each time I have cried. Any women who has ever experience the trama of an abusive relationship will relate to the Story of the Gorilla and the Fairy. The story is both colorful and discriptive with a message not only adults, but children should see. The author who also did the artwork in the book brought her personal story of abuse and recovery to her readers in such a beautiful way, that those reading it come through it with hope that they too can break away from abuse cycle and go on. I would recommend this book for all ages. I would give it to friends (both men and women)and children. The Pictures are beautiful with great depth and feeling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
The Gorilla and the Fairy, Carol Young, Hara Publishing.
Though wonderfully written in metaphor, the message of hope and inspiration to victims of domestic violence is abundantly clear. Its not your fault, you can get help, you can get support, you can get out.
The author keeps the story brief enough that the attractive hard bound book can easily be read in a waiting room; perhaps doctors and clinics should have a couple copies amongst the requisite magazines.
A toll free national hot line number is included at the end of the book: good job.
Bruce H. Everett WA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathyj on December 4, 2002
This book will bring to light for so many people in this situation that there is hope. And that I am a worthy person,
I deserve better. Helping people to reach inside themselves and
think about their own situations. This book is truly thought provoking. I want to share it with any young woman in my life who is just beginning to get into personal relationships.
The artwork itself was very healing....it spoke to my soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Borgen on July 17, 2002
The Gorilla and the Fairy was a healing book for me; I was in an abusive marriage. The author, (and illustrator) Carol Young captures many feelings and brought out emotions that I had pushed down for quite some time. I believe we should work through abuse in order to understand it, only then we can see how emotional and physical abuse drains your soul and prevents you from having a full happy life. The Gorilla and the Fairy is a book goes through the cycle of abuse and in the end has a message of hope and healing.
The illustrations are very unique, beautiful, and meaningful and enhance the story with turn of a page.
While reading this book I remembered what happened to me and how my angels (my family) helped bring me back into the light so I could see a better way. Perhaps by remembering we may be able to see abuse in other women, men or children and show them the light, give them support and hope for a gentle, safe, life. I recommend this book. - Angela Borgen
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By Kaycha on December 4, 2002
As a minister and former victim of domestic violence, this book has been a major find. It is moving, gentle, and easily understood. It has affected the people to whom I have shown it in a very positive way. Powerfully written and beautifully illustrated, Carol Young demonstrates great courage, insight and talent in this eye-opening book. I am recommending it to treatment facilities, counselors, teachers, therapists, support groups, ministers and anyone else who needs to read it. Not only adults, but the children from abusive situations can benefit from this wonderful book.
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