FANTASTIC FLORENCE: It’s Not Your Fault
by Lesley Millard Zafran with collaborators Dr. Cinda Kane and Tara Kellogg
Fantastic Florence – It’s NOT your fault! is a series of books for children. Each book tells a story about a child, or children, experiencing different traumatic experiences.
Florence is a wise and loving magical bag who hears the thoughts of children and writes them messages when they are suffering. Florence reassures the children in each story that the painful challenges that life is currently presenting to them are not their fault. She encourages them to speak to someone they trust about what is happening to them.
Each story is designed to be a safe space for children to see themselves in the story’s characters. The stories can open the door to the hard conversations that children need to have in order to begin the healing process. The books are meant to be an invaluable tool for parents and caregivers, therapists, and educators.
In A Story About Bullying, a young girl named Ella is being bullied by two of her classmates. Because Florence can hear the thoughts of children, she hears Ella’s pain. Florence uses her magic powers to soothe Ella’s anxieties by encouraging her to reframe the situation and reach out for help. Florence’s brave, caring insights and message help Ella feel supported and less alone, and to realize that it is not her fault that she is being bullied.
Children and adults are sure to fall in love with Florence as she gently helps children navigate the specific traumatic situation they may currently be experiencing but are too young to understand. Florence gives children a name for the trauma they are experiencing and, most importantly, she comforts children by telling them that it is NOT their fault when bad things happen and that it is okay to reach out for help.