Cookie the Border Collie loves lots of things, like smelling smelly smells, chewing chewy things, going for adventures and making friends. But most of all, Cookie loves Girl. Join this inseparable pair as they play together and learn how to make each other happy, even on the days when Cookie is the only one who can make Girl smile.
Cookie is a heart-warming story about the love between a pet and their person. It is also a sensitive exploration of childhood depression and anxiety, and the importance of empathy. With beautiful words and playful illustrations, it provides a gentle starting point for big conversations.
19-year-old author Isabelle Duff was inspired to write Cookie by her personal experiences with acute depressive disorder and anxiety, and by her wonderful dog, Saffy, who has been an invaluable support to her. The result is a valuable resource for reducing stigmatism around mental illness, and a tribute to the loved ones who are able to get you out of bed when nothing else can.
Anyone who picks up Cookie will find themselves learning something from this mischievous pup and his Girl. It is for children who have experienced depression and anxiety just like Girl. It is for kids who don't understand why someone close to them is so sad. It is for child psychologists who need to talk to young people about mental illness. And, of course, it is for dog-lovers everywhere.
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 245 x 254 mm
I don't want people to think this is a negative and sad book in any way. It's the most beautiful and gentle story. It's a story of happiness that can be found in the most simple things. It's beautifully told ... a magical book. * Living Arts Canberra *
There has been much talk about the impact that the last 18-20 months has had on the mental health of our children and so this book, and the others by this couple, are more critical to know about and share than ever. * The Bottomshelf (Edublog) *
A story book to try and encourage that conversation (about mental health) from a really young age. This book is not only adorable it has a fantastic message. * Triple M Riverina *
By telling the story through Cookie's voice, setting it in a typical family setting with a light touch of humour and through the interactions of all, demonstrating how Girl's moods impact on the whole family, Duff shows that (mental health) is something that can affect any family and anybody within it. * The Bottom Shelf *
I loved this beautifully designed and written book. It is an excellent example of a writer finding their unique voice, which is an asset, especially to writers beginning their journey. * Kids' Book Review *
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