Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings
A Story About Parents Who Aren’t Always Able to Care
By Jane Evans
Illustrated by Izzy Bean
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015, ISBN: 978-84905-60201, $16.95, 30 pages
This colorful children’s book follows little Kit Kitten as she deals with feelings surrounding her parent, Kizz Cat, who seems to struggle with some tough life situations. Kit Kitten finds herself with mixed emotions as she navigates her home life and school. As time goes on, her teacher becomes aware of her challenges, and a social worker gets involved to help Kit Kitten with her feelings and provide support to the family. This helps Kit Kitten build a better relationship with her parent.
“Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings” is a nice book for children who are going through a tough time. The story normalizes similar situations that children are going through and models how helping individuals, such as teachers and social workers, can be a supportive, rather than scary, presence. Author Jane Evans is a trauma-parenting specialist who has worked as a respite foster caregiver, family support worker and domestic violence parenting worker in England. Her background is evident in the crafting of this book. Kit Kitten might be the perfect friend for a child experiencing foster care or dealing with difficult family situations.
— Reviewed by Kim Phagan-Hansel
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