Today it is my pleasure to review a beautiful new picture book My Brain is Magic, written by Prasha Sooful, illustrated by Geeta Ladi and published by Soaring Kite Books. This post is part of a Books on Tour promotion.
About author Prasha Sooful
Prasha Sooful is a Clinical Audiologist and Educator with Masters degrees in Audiology and Global Learning. She has worked clinically and in research and education for 17 years. Born in South Africa, she now lives in Australia with her serene husband, an energetic toddler, a lazy German Shepherd, and an ever-growing book collection.
About illustrator Geeta Ladi
Geeta Ladi is an illustrator born and raised in Mumbai, India. She has been designing and developing hands-on, activity-based learning materials for young children for more than a decade. She is deeply influenced by the cultural and ethnic diversity of Mumbai, which itself reflects the richness of India.
About My Brain is Magic
For ages 3 – 8
Published by Soaring Kite Books
My Brain is Magic is a sensory-seeking celebration that shines a light on Sensory Processing Disorder in a fun and action-packed way for all children to enjoy. Written by a mum of a neurodiverse child, Prasha Sooful, and beautifully illustrated by Geeta Ladi
Whether your brain buzzes around the room like a bee or tells you to be loud and roar like a lion, celebrate the many things that it can be! Take a journey by way of a child’s favourite animals to learn how your brain interacts with the world around you.
What I like about My Brain is Magic
I was immediately captivated by the title. I believe we should all be more appreciative of this remarkable organ that we use every day, mostly without even thinking about it, and even though we think with it. It is never too soon to begin teaching children about the brain, its functions and how we use it.
Even before I opened the book, I was sold on its innovative packaging. When the jacket is removed, it opens out into a poster with suggestions of movements, sounds and actions that children can try when seeking different types of sensory experiences. It includes additional ways that an adult can increase the benefit of the activity or ensure it is safe.
At the back of the book, a letter to parents and educators explains reasons for some sensory-seeking behaviours and how to cater for them in a positive way.
So much support and we haven’t even read the story with its delightfully exuberant, fun-filled and joyful illustrations to the children yet. But of course, that’s where its real benefit lies. Children will easy identify with the thoughts, actions and emotions portrayed and will learn to calm themselves after a full-on energetic day. The book provides a great way to initiate discussions with children about their behaviour and to help them use their magic brains to self-regulate and channel their energy in positive ways. Likening behaviours to those of familiar animals provides children with language to describe their feelings. Understanding of self and of others is an important part of developing empathy and can only be beneficial to themselves and those around them.
I am happy to recommend this book.
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