Book review : Not again little owl by Dr Vivien Norris

Lettice, Fiona (2020) Book review : Not again little owl by Dr Vivien Norris. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 19 (1). ISSN 1478-1840

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Dr Vivien Norris, the author, is Clinical Director of the Family Place and her experience as a clinical psychologist, Theraplay and DDP practitioner is evident throughout the book. The book is the story of Little Owl whose Mummy isn't able to look after him properly. It is decided by Rabbit that he should live with his Granny but she can't keep up with his bounciness. So Little Owl is moved again by Rabbit, first to Fox and then on to Hedgehog and then eventually to Badger. Badger is able to help him and can accept him with all his speed and bounciness, and help him with his 'muddles'. Little Owl begins to relax with Badger, they fit together and he starts to feel safe. When Rabbit arrives once more to move him again Little Owl is so upset and frightened. He doesn't know Squirrel and doesn't want to move again. Badger and Rabbit accept his feelings and stay right alongside him during the move. Badger is able to tell Squirrel about all that Little Owl has been through and how hard it has been, and the special ways he needs to be looked after to make him feel safe.

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