Anna and the sea
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This picture book was produced in Canada, but is just as relevant to Australian audiences of 7 to 12 years of age.
The story focuses on Anna, who is unable to talk with anyone about her unhappiness that her mother is ill. However she comes across an unconventional friend (Gustav the crab) who helps her to better understand this difficult situation that so many children experience. It's a touching narrative that aims to inform and support children around the compexities of mental illness.
The picture book is part of an interative educational kit for children 7 to 12 years of age.
The kit offfers 'Anna and the Sea - A Story to Help Children Understand a Parent's Mental Illness' plus a workbook titled 'The Anna Workshops'.
The workbook is for use by children under supervision of an adult and incorporates a vast array of colourful, innovative materials. Health professionals and families who use them have reported positive impacts for the children using them.