The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself
The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself is a children's picture book dealing with feelings of shame and neglect. Aimed specifically at children who have dealt with early childhood trauma and perhaps been in the care system. Written for children 4+ the book uses metaphors to show how children can find a sense of self worth.
Written by Ali Redford, an adoptive mother of two who felt a lack of appropriate books, in raising her children, that helped them better deal with and understand some of their feelings.
Boy built a wall to keep himself safe. Behind it he felt strong and more protected. Then Someone Kind came along. She bounced a ball, sang and painted on the other side of the wall, and Boy began to wonder if life on the other side might be better after all.
"This remarkable picture book should be winning prizes for both its textual simplicity and the innovative and quite beautiful art work. For a child who has suffered emotional or physical abuse, it will be the kind of life-line that can provide true healing and a sense that the world can be a good place after all. An invaluable resource for those dealing with damaged children." -- HealthyBooks
The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself brings crucial awareness for children and the adults who care for them, that behind all difficult behaviours there is deep emotional pain.