My colourful kite is told through the eyes of a young boy named Nick, whose Mum goes away on deployment for a month. The book focuses upon clinginess and how the protective nature of relatives can help support children in this situation. It also explores coping strategies such as engaging in creative arts and play.
Created as part of the Early Childhood Defence Programs project, this book is part of a series of research-based storybooks, all designed to increase and support a child's understanding about the work of their parents and how it affect their lives. Topics focus on deployment, health impacts and family life in general.
Thanks to the generous funding of the Ian Potter Foundation, the University of New England and the Associate of Graduates of Early Childhood Studies, a free version of this publication (along with interactive educational activities) is available at https://ecdefenceprograms.com/index.php/general-ebooks-about-parents-working-away/
Joint winner - 2022 'Distinctive Work' prize - Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) - commended "for its significant contribution to supporting children and their families and your innovative, creative methods used in doing so".
Suitable for: Early childhood (0-6 years).
Details: Children's book/Education resource (picture book), published 2022.
Format: Soft cover, illustrations, 39 pages.