A colourful, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable publication designed to open communication with children and introduce them to hypnosis and its many benefits when related to their specific problem.
It is stated within the book that pictures are worth a thousand words and that metaphors are worth a million. This is indeed true and is proven when you read through. I can not begin to ascribe a value to this book as it is indeed a priceless collection of metaphorical tales for children.
In the opening sentence I stated that this publication is both colourful and entertaining " and it is. The illustrations themselves are eye catching and go a great way to contributing to the impact of the stories.
The book is split into two sections with the first being for the use of the clinical practitioner describing how the metaphorical tales should be used. In this section good advice can be found, specifically in relation to the success of any hypnotherapeutic interventions. An acronym of "AH CREAM' is introduced and an explanation given.
Thomson then offers a good description of why and how metaphorical approaches work and although a large majority of practitioners will already have a full understanding, it is still worth reading.
The guide to using the tales gives a brief synopsis of each metaphorical tale, breaking them down into specific problem areas and indicating to the practitioner what other approaches to treatment are included. For example the story of Shy Sheryll Turtle includes within it two extra metaphors along with an Ericksonian double bind: Success now or success later.
The "References' pages are extremely helpful and point to a wide variety of different books, videos and journal articles. A resource which is of great benefit to any practitioner within this field.
Finally within section one there is a helpful two page handout for parents. This should serve to address any misconceptions and fears that a parent would perhaps have about hypnotherapy.
The second section is extremely colourful and contains 32 different metaphors for specific problems. Thomson uses fictitious Ashland Zoo as the base for the metaphors, with all the tales relating to problems experienced by different animals within the zoo. The way the book is written enables the problems to be addressed in a gentle, indirect manner with active participation from the child. Interestingly, all the animals have names of inspirational people within the field of hypnosis, including Milton (Milton Erickson) and Dr Kay (Kay Thompson).
The tales themselves are well written and beautifully illustrated and something that most children under a certain intellectual age would enjoy and benefit from. That said, however, I have used the tales on older children and adapted them accordingly and achieved positive results.
In summary, this is a very exciting book that any therapist working with children should consider adding to their library. It empowers children in a way that can not be underestimated and contributes to the resolution of their problems.
A book that I wholeheartedly recommend.