Friends of long date, and all two moms, the writer youth Martine Latulippe and the psychologist Nathalie Parent have developed a new collection dedicated both to children and to adults : the discovery of emotions. The great books hardcover, beautifully illustrated, offer both a history for the small and very useful advice for the great.
Martine Latulippe, star of children’s literature, explains that this new collection was ready before the pandemic… but that the “timing” is good! “There is an outpouring of emotions for the children, with everything that’s going on,” she says, in an interview. “I think it’s going to be quite a useful tool in the classroom, in the CPE, and even family.”
The project was born out of the friendship between these two women from the Quebec city region who know each other for a long time. “Nathalie is a psychologist, she gives conferences and she has also published books. Each summer we spent two weeks together in a camp. It is involved, on a volunteer basis. During the evenings, we’re talking of our craft, our daughters, our families.”
A beautiful day, Nathalie Parent explained to him that his lecture dealing with the management of the emotions of children is the one that is most often requested. And Martine, when she goes to schools, is often asked if she has, among his titles, books that speak of the emotions of the small.
The idea of making a series was born. “Often, we will have the fiction on the emotions, or how-to guides for parents. But our primary goal was to establish a communication between the adult and the child.”
Match their strengths
Rather than do two independent projects, they decided to combine their forces and create a book that is addressed to both groups. “A part of the book is an informative guide for adults, and the other is a fiction, and talk about it with the children, so that they can express how they feel through a story.”
The beautiful illustrations, signed Catherine Petit, Stephanie Mackay, Bach and Sophie Lussier, faces in which the expressions of the characters are easy to understand : it is easy to recognise the fear, the embarrassment, the anger, the sadness, the contentment, the joy.
The authors really want to help children de-mystify emotions. “Often, it will have a tendency to present the emotions in a way very negative. But everyone has emotions, and it is normal to have. It is necessary to make the distinction between emotion and make emotion. Be angry, this is normal, but hit, it is not,” says Martine.
Explanations, comments, and tracks provided by Nathalie Parent are extremely relevant. The psychologist gives you the tools to be very practical and easy to apply, as a barometer of emotional intensity, and exercises of introspection and breathing.
“Nathalie has three girls, me, I have two daughters. This is the kind of tool that we would have wanted. It’s fun to create books where we see that there is a need. And you know, as a parent. It is very concrete. Even for us, adults, it is helping!”
The great books hardcover with beautiful illustrations will be highly appreciated small hands. The first four volumes are already available in this new collection : The wrath of Fabien, The sadness of Mahée, Emily is jealous , and The fear of Mathis.
“I have published a number of novels and I believe deeply that books can help us to live better. The more it goes, the more I have this desire to be useful.”
Martine Latulippe is a writer, youth for more than 20 years. She has published more than 90 books, many of which have won awards, nominations and distinctions.
Nathalie Parent is a psychologist, author and speaker. For more than 20 years, she assists children and adults to the well-being with a multi-disciplinary approach. She has published several books.
“Here is an exercise into three steps, that we call P. A. S. :
P : awareness (withdraw if the emotion is too strong), breathing ;
A : to Accept all of the emotions and thoughts that come, to breathe ;
S : speak, talk to someone, draw or write to express the emotion.
Children can practice the P. A. S. from the age of 5. Of course, nothing prevents the adult to engage in prostitution and to show the example. The exercise can be done alone or in a group. Nobody is forced to show what he drew or wrote.”
– Nathalie Parent, psychologist, fear of Mathis, in the collection To the discovery of emotions, Editions Mammoth pink