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Beth and the Bracelets

By Jessica Falconer

Not for me 😔

Beth struggles with expressing her feelings at school because she feels like she doesn't fit in with the other girls.

Synopsis

Beth ran and ran... Under Miss Sam’s desk was a small place the right size. It was a good space for disappearing in. If she could get to her classroom, she would be all right…..

An inspirational new series from a startling new talent. Beth and the Bracelets delves into the classroom politics, anxiety and the need to fit in.

Beth and the Bracelets is a picture book with a difference. On the one hand, it is about the Monday morning after a little girl is not invited to a birthday party. However, it is also about emotional overload, dealing with a complicated life and ultimately about the hope adults can give to children who are different.

Beth is a perfect read for helping children deal with bullying, anxiety, depression and being left out. Its heartfelt message offers hope and guidance for children and a roadmap for adults who care and want to help.

An ambitious book with a powerful message, Beth and the Bracelets explores anxiety, depression and self regulation. Beth feels left out in her classroom environment when she realizes that she was not invited to a birthday party where all the students in her class received a special pink bracelet. Beth is dealing with a number of complicated emotions, and does not have the words to express herself successfully. In grappling with her feelings, she does things like hit too hard during a game of tag or running away from her teacher and peers during library time. She is sensitive to noise and feels misunderstood. Beth is fortunate to have a teacher who is patient, kind and understanding and helps her to navigate her emotions and feel safe. The story is an important one but the writing feels very disconnected. Characters are introduced with little attention to development or motivation. The story needs to be fleshed out.

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I am a mom to a toddler, a learning specialist at a small progressive school, a born and raised Brooklynite and a lover of travel and discovering new things. I consider myself an open minded, life long learner.

Synopsis

Beth ran and ran... Under Miss Sam’s desk was a small place the right size. It was a good space for disappearing in. If she could get to her classroom, she would be all right…..

An inspirational new series from a startling new talent. Beth and the Bracelets delves into the classroom politics, anxiety and the need to fit in.

Beth and the Bracelets is a picture book with a difference. On the one hand, it is about the Monday morning after a little girl is not invited to a birthday party. However, it is also about emotional overload, dealing with a complicated life and ultimately about the hope adults can give to children who are different.

Beth is a perfect read for helping children deal with bullying, anxiety, depression and being left out. Its heartfelt message offers hope and guidance for children and a roadmap for adults who care and want to help.

About the author

Jessica Falconer is a writer, lawyer, Director of a Tech firm, mother and autistic. Not necessarily in order of importance. She wrote Beth so she could travel back in time and give it to her 7 year old self. And maybe tell her 7-year-old- self to skip her teenage years if she can. view profile

Published on July 12, 2019

Published by Brave Fox Publishing Limited

0-1000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Children's Picture Books

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