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Just Like You

“Just Like You”

By Darlene Wierski-Devoe

Illustrated by Sharon Pickering

Me Toolbox Journal
Official Release Date May 7th, 2012 – coinciding with Canada’s Mental Health Week

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This beautifully illustrated book raises awareness around the daily struggles that some children face. Simple things like answering a question, playing in the school yard and going to the library are such struggles for kids who have anxious feelings. After seeing her own children struggle with anxiety issues which mimic that of her own childhood, Darlene Wierski-Devoe decided to create “Just Like You”. This book is written to help others understand what anxious behaviour both looks and feels like. “Just Like You” is a valuable tool for creating awareness and support for families dealing with anxiety.

You can download a sample of “Just Like You” here.

The book introduces the concept of the “anxiety monster”. It allows children to see anxiety as an “it” or a “thing” that is completely separate from them. The story teaches that worry, fear and panic are feelings that can be managed while reinforcing the fact that despite the main characters’ differences, she really is “Just Like You”.

Young readers are also introduced to the concept of a toolbox which holds numerous ideas and choices for helping to reduce the effects of the “anxiety monster”, allowing them to be successful in everyday tasks.

This is a great story for children with anxiety as well as their peers. It provides great opportunities to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues as well as raise awareness that these amazing children just need to be heard and helped.

In tandem with the book “Just Like You”, Darlene is also releasing the toolbox journal titled “Me”, which gives children the opportunity to create a toolbox to help them recognize options for when they are feeling anxious.

Me Toolbox Journal

“Me”

By Darlene Wierski-Devoe

Illustrated by Darlene Wierski-Devoe & Ehren Devoe

Me Toolbox Journal
Official Release Date May 7th, 2012 – coinciding with Canada’s Mental Health Week

Download the publication fact sheet

Working in tandem with the book “Just Like You”, “Me” is a toolbox journal which gives children a sense of ownership and awareness of their own emotions. It allows them to have a secure place to let their feelings flow. In their own words, and with their own thoughts and creativity, this journal will open up a great forum for discussion.

Children have an opportunity to create a toolbox that helps them identify options for when they are feeling uncomfortable. There is even a place to name their “anxiety monster”, reminding them that anxiety is an “it” or a “thing” – and not actually a part of them.

You can download a sample of the “Just Like You” companion journal here.

At the bottom of each page is an affirmation. These are encouraging and inspiring phrases that children can say out loud. Each phrase is written to help foster a positive mindset and a sense of empowerment.

The graphics in this interactive companion journal are the result of a creative collaboration between Darlene Wierski-Devoe and her son Ehren. With a passion for drawing, together they created the visual cues that will help spark children’s journaling experiences.

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Retail Locations

“Just Like You” is now available at the following stores:

The Hospital for Sick Children Caversham Booksellers Parentbooks
555 University Avenue 98 Harbord Street 201 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8 Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Toronto, ON M5S 1H6
Canada Canada Canada
(416) 813-8555 (416) 944-0962 (416) 537-8334
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A Different Drummer Recycled Reading Collected Works
513 Locust Street 171 Main Street East 1242 Wellington Street West
Burlington, ON L7S 1V3 Milton, ON L9T 1N7 Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A4
Canada Canada Canada
(905) 639-0925 (905) 878-6024 (613) 722-1265
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Odin Books Indigo Milton
1110 West Broadway 1180 Steeles Avenue East
Vancouver, BC V6H 2G5 Milton, ON L9T 6C8
Canada Canada
(604) 739-8804 (905) 693-6800
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