As we've shared this picturebook, we've felt the words through the way we say them and the images that have accompanied them. Once again, it's an excellent support for developing emotional intelligence. Children will empathise with the little boy and be carried with him on his emotional roller coaster. Did he really fly away? Was it all a dream? How do we deal with our bad days? Lots of possibilities for discussion, in particular with primary children.
Jeni Couzyn is a poet and the verbal text is a poem. I've copied it below so you can read it in its entirety. Feel the emotion as it peeks then slowly dissipates, to be replaced with calm and comfort.
Hate this day.
Hate these toys. Hate this food.
Going away. Got my suitcase.
Is this away?
Away isn't a place. Away is a feeling.