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Klippe the Viking

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They are important messages and ones we should be teaching our children.

School is difficult for many reasons. Many children face hardships from classmates. Some children struggle academically. Many have issues with both areas. 

 

In Klippe the Viking by Bjorn Fyrre, Klippe feels down because they "do not understand anything from class." They feel like they don't belong. Many children might read this and feel the same way. This page might open doors for kids to confess their struggles and get help. 


If a teacher reads Klippe the Viking to their class, students might realize they are not alone with their struggles or feelings of not belonging. 


Klippe was surprised to discover that Kanin also didn't know the meaning of "chieftain." Through teamwork, they figured out its meaning. 


Bjorn Fyrre gave children good advice, delivered to readers by Klippe: It's okay not to have all the answers. You can always look up the answer yourself or ask others for help. 


As a parent with two children with Asperger's syndrome (part of the Autism spectrum), I know how difficult social situations and cues are for them. I have one child that doesn't know "when to laugh" but laughs when others start. They sit in silence and observe, like Klippe. My other child feels everything times 1000 and expresses themselves accordingly. 


I like the section with Klippe playing with a wooden sword. My youngest is excited about online roleplaying and larping (live-action roleplaying), so that section reminded me of my child's costumes. 


At the story's finale, Klippe revisits all the lessons she learned that day. They are important messages and ones we should be teaching our children. 


Bjorn Fyrre also included a section for adults. I would highly recommend every parent or educator read them.  


Finally, I commend Ankitha Kini (the artist) for their lovely illustrations. They almost had a sticker-like quality to them.


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Synopsis

A poignant children’s picture book shares an important social emotional learning message.

A young viking struggling to find herself has a journey of self-discovery and self-worth.

Young Klippe is a viking who does not feel like she belongs with the other vikings. She finds schoolwork difficult, doesn’t enjoy the same games, and just feels…different. When another viking girl, Kanin, sees Klippe struggling with her school scrolls, she reassures Klippe that she, too, finds the work difficult, but that they can work on it together. Klippe realizes that she doesn’t always have to have all the answers. If she doesn’t know something, it’s okay to ask for help or to figure it out herself.

Later, Klippe meets up with other vikings who are chatting and laughing together. Klippe doesn’t know how to be a part of their conversations or understand their jokes. While she sits in silence, one of them says, “Thank you for being my friend, Klippe. You are always thinking of others and caring.” Klippe realizes that she doesn’t have to be the loudest or the funniest; she is accepted and loved for who she is. She sees that she has things to offer the world just being herself.

Other poignant vignettes in the book confront fears of failing or of trying something new, conveying the importance of trying new things and doing things you love, no matter the outcome. Question prompts and recommendations at the back of the book help parents and educators of young children invite a dialogue about these social emotional learning milestones and how to support young learners with the tools and reassurance to thrive through self-discovery and with healthy emotional intelligence. The story affirms for children that, while we all have struggles, it’s how we confront and overcome them that shows our strength of spirit, there is no right or wrong way.

Klippe the Viking is part of a series of SEL picture books, based on a group of children all living in the same village who are faced with situations that they learn from.

About the author

For as long as he can remember, Bjorn Fyrre has been creating worlds and stories in his head. It wasn’t until many years later, as an adult, that Fyrre began writing consistently through poetry, short stories, books, and songs, as a way to connect with himself. view profile

Published on July 31, 2022

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