The task of helping troubled children to regain self-esteem, or indeed
to build self-esteem where none exists, is a complex and multi-layered
This book, while acknowledging the difficulty of such a task for some
children, focuses on the elements of self-esteem that are potentially
within each child’s ability to manage.
As parents, teachers or carers we have a vital role to play in helping young children to explore and develop these
important foundation elements. One of the ways in which we can do this is through the medium of story.
For ease of use the book is divided into three parts.
Part 1 gives a brief introduction to the ‘art’ of story-telling and the
nature of healthy self-esteem and offers guidelines for this particular
story. A suggested reading list is provided at the end of this section
for anyone who would like to explore the themes of self-esteem,
emotional literacy, story-telling or group work with children in more
Part 2 holds the story and offers suggestions for discussion topics
which can be used to expand on the various elements of self-esteem
covered in each chapter.
In Part 3 you will find a selection of activity sheets together with
guidelines for using these with groups or with individual children.