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Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Chilldren Paperback – 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002R1TBN2
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. J. Horton on June 16, 2011
For 11 years, I worked as a counselor almost exclusively with child clients who were victims/survivors of abuse or neglect, or witnesses to family violence. I used this book all the time, and always got a great response -- no matter the age of the client. When I would read it to teenagers even, I would preface it by saying: I know this is a book for little kids, but I just love it! Besides it's the best explanation I know of what's been going on with you lately.

Bart is a little black kitten who has had a "very bad, sad and scary thing" happen to him. It leaves it to the reader's (or listener's) imagination to decide what might have happened to him, which gives the child the chance to identify with the character and imagine he's been through the same thing. It tells all the symptoms that follow trauma in a normalizing way, and shows how Bart tries to deal with all these new feelings that seem so weird to him. Soon he meets "Helping Hannah," a wise cat who has helped other kittens who have been through bad, sad and scary things. She tells him that all his feelings are not weird; they're okay. She gets him on the path to healing.

I even used this book occasionally when training adult volunteers who were going to be working with kids in the court system or the foster care system. I can't say enough good things about it. The pictures are a little amateurish, but quite charming. The author's boyfriend (I think) illustrated it for her, and had never done anything quite like that before. It just adds to its accessibility!

Don't miss sharing this with kids who have been traumatized.
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I too am a therapist who uses this book very frequently with traumatized children. It is exceptional tool but I just wish it was more affordable for parents to buy.
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This is a great book for a child who has experienced trauma, grief or a loss.
It's a great story with excellent illustration.
To order it, you should go to its source:
The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
1-877-306-5256
$15+ $5 for shipping
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This book costs $22 on the Institute's website.

Many great, affordable books on trauma:
Grades K-2
Wendy Deaton- My Own Thoughts and Feelings on Stopping the Hurt: A Child's Workbook About Exploring Hurt and Abuse, No More Hurt: A Child's Workbook about Recovering from Abuse, I Saw It Happen: A Child's Workbook About Witnessing Violence, I Am a Survivor: A Child's Workbook About Surviving Disasters, Living with My Family: A Child's Workbook About Violence in the Home
The Ant Hill Disaster (mass trauma), Julia Cook

K-3
Hear My Roar: A Story of Family Violence [and Alcoholism], Gillian Watts
A Terrible Thing Happened, Margaret Holmes
Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma, Susan Straus

K-5
A Safe Place (battered women’s shelter), Maxine Trottier
A Family That Fights (domestic violence), Sharon Bernstein

1-5
Why Did You Die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss, Ellen Goldring 6
A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma (most appropriate for attachment issues and early trauma), Kathleen Chara
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This is a helpful book to read in a first therapy session with a child who has experienced a trauma. I use puppets that I purchased from Folkmanis to engage the child as I am reading the story. Children relate to Bart, and the story is a non-threatening way to begin to discuss the trauma and how therapy can help. Other books that are helpful to read to children in therapy who have experienced a traumatic event:

Sam Feels Better Now by Jill Osborne

Good Answers to Tough Questions About Trauma By Joy Berry
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I was just introduced to this story at my 4-year-old's counseling session and all I wanted to do was take it home to read it to my 5-1/2-year-old son. They have both sadly been through a large amount of trauma and while reading it to my daughter today, it felt like it was written FOR my son. Just ordered it online and plan to pass it on to my son's counselor during his sessions if she does not have it already. What an amazing book.
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