I Don't Want to Go
Helping Children Cope with
by Nancy J. Pando, LICSW
illustrated by Kathy Voerg
Honey Maloo, a young bee who lives with her mother in the knot of an oak tree, is growing up and finally old enough to attend school. Honey, however, has different plans: she would much rather stay home with her mother, whom she loves dearly, so she tries every trick in the book to stay off the school bus.
With patience and a guiding hand from her mother and the ministrations of Ms. Petal, her schoolteacher, Honey finally goes to class and finds out as she becomes interested in singing, reading and other activities that school can be fun, she meets new friends and finds out that her mom will be waiting for her when she gets home.
Separation anxiety is a common dilemma in young children and can make even the briefest of partings excruciating for parents and children alike. Charming, accessible and informative, I Don’t Want to Go to School offers parents and teachers ways to teach children to cope with separation from loved ones, and helps children focus on their strengths to overcome challenging situations.
Nancy J. Pando, LICSW, a licensed social worker, has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. As a Regis College faculty member, she spearheaded “Survival Guides,” a project in which fifth and seventh graders wrote advice books for younger children. A guardian ad litem in the Norfolk and Plymouth County, Massachusetts court systems, she is also the author of Foster Bug (FosterClub, 2001) and “Tapestries,” a long-running column in the Canton Citizen. She lives with her husband and three children in Canton, Massachusetts.
Kathy Voerg, a graduate of Pratt Institute, is a freelance illustrator. She resides just outside of New York City in Rutherford, New Jersey.
A Small Horizons "Let's Talk" Release
8 x 7, 48 pages
LC # 2004118085, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-254-9 (pb), $9.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-360-7 (eBook), $9.95