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One for Sorrow

We are thrilled to introduce a lovely children’s book called ‘One for Sorrow’, written by a gentlemen called Mr Gresty, who is an unpublished author from our neck of the woodsThe North West, so naturally we tuned-in, to support our region! And we’re so glad we did!

This simple tale tells the story of a Magpie called Sorrow. One day, Sorrow awakes to find he’s lost his Joy. So he sets off on a journey through the thick fog to find her.

This heartfelt and sincere story has been intuitively written as a way of introducing the subject of mental health with your children. Something we can all agree can be tricky at best, for any parent.

Yet Mr Gresty captures this topic with a real ease, making it absorbable for the reader, and a great starting point for the parent. Written with compassion and empathy, Mr Gresty promotes how talking-therapy with the right people will help in its most child-friendly way.

The book is cleverly and sympathetically illustrated by the author himself, which fits the narrative of the story perfectly.

And if all 32 pages of this fabulous little book are not enough to convince you to buy it, it even comes with an amazing forward endorsing the book from the comedian Jo Brand, whom some of you may know, started her career as a Psychiatric Nurse.

“Mental health problems in very young children are not only a tragedy, but something that most parents will be ill-equipped to deal with. Therefore, in terms of helping children to understand what is going on in their minds, it’s essential to explain it, not only in terms they will understand, but in a way that will feel familiar to them.

One For Sorrow fits that bill in that it tells a simple but powerful tale that children can take in and read with their parents again and again. Too often sadness is not addressed in children, as understanding it is too overwhelming for parents to deal with. Hopefully this book will bring us one step closer to enabling this suffering and their families to make the first moves towards acceptance and progress.” ~ Jo Brand

Jo sums up the real need for stories like this perfectly and highlights how important it is for us parents to acknowledge and respond to signs of sadness and low mood in young children, something that may not come naturally to all of us, so tools like this book are key to helping us tackle any concerns head-on, early-on!

So if you’re looking for a way of introducing the subject of mental health in an easy bite-size way to your child or children, we strongly recommend this book. Here at Parenting Phils we feel this little book is something every parent should have in their collection of reading for their little ones.

One for Sorrow is recommended reading for the ages 4-7 and retails at £12. If you wish to purchase this book you can buy it here and you can also follow the author Mr Gresty over on Insta too!

Exclusively for our readers we have a copy of One For Sorrow for you to WIN!

If you would like to WIN yourself a copy of this fantastic book then you can enter our competition by simply following us over on Instagram, clicking that little heart button on the One For Sorrow post and adding a comment so we know you have entered. IT COULDN’T BE EASIER!

Competition Closes midnight 2nd December 2018. UPDATE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

T&C’s: Parenting Phils reserves the right to change or withdraw this competition at anytime. UK entrants only. Winner will be selected at random. 


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Lucy At Home UK parenting blogger

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    • pips@parentingphils

      Agreed – its a fantastic tool any/every parent can use to help start introducing conversations on mental health and well-being. Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

  • Liberty Henwick

    I’m sorry I missed the deadline for this competition! This sounds like such a valuable book and one so relevant to our community at the moment being devastaed by the tragic loss of two teenagers to suicide. This is an incredibly important message and it seems that our children are experiencing more and more stress and anxiety nowadays. It’s good to see that there are some resources available, I’ll be sharing this post on Facebook too. Thanks #blogcrush

    • pips@parentingphils

      I’m so sorry to read about the recent tragedy in your community. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

      It’s a fantastic book, and an excellent tool to start introducing conversations around mental health and well-being at an early age. We strongly feel its something all parents should have in their collection, and we’re happy you feel the same. Thank you so much for helping us share that message.

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