“Like any journey, moving induces excitement and fear. Moving without an emotional map, however, induces terror. Where am I going? What am I feeling? What is happening? Am I normal?
With efficient strokes of her pen, Valérie Besanceney sweeps these troubling questions aside for any child fortunate enough to receive this book. My Moving Booklet traces the contours of every move’s landscape, freeing the young explorer to color in the mountains and valleys he or she encounters. Each turn of the page quietly reinforces this book’s most important message to children: someone knows where you are.
Moving isn’t easy. Being reassured you’re still on the map makes it easier. And because children clutch tightly to the people and things that make them feel safe, My Moving Booklet will earn its title in small sets of hands everywhere.”
Douglas W. Ota, Author, Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It
“Valérie Besanceney has come up with a perfect addition to any classroom or family that deals with the comings and goings of our citizens of the world. Not only will the child enjoy the beautiful emotions icons but they will be easily able to label how certain parts of this move is making them feel.
If a child can easily share their honest emotions they will more readily be able to make the most out of changes whether it is across town or across the world.
It is exciting to see that caring adults now have a tool that can really benefit a child in transition. When a child is going through a move, he or she might be going through many different emotions. As Besanceney says, ‘Sometimes it is easier to identify with illustrations and words than to come up with your own words.’ This is why My Moving Booklet is perfect for your young child.”
Julia Simens, Author, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family
“Helping a child prepare for a successful transition has just become much easier! Valérie Besanceney’s booklet is a great tool for schools wanting to collaborate effectively with every child and his or her parents to help ease them on their life journey. Straightforward, and well structured, it also provides lots of room for the creativity of the individuals involved and keeps the child at the centre. Thank you!”
Jennifer Armstrong, Principal of Primary, La Châtaigneraie Campus, The International School of Geneva