"Matt appears in each illustration for readers to find; sometimes he’s interacting with Sal, but other times, he’s lurking elsewhere. It’s a good analogy for people with anxiety who, even when they are feeling good, wonder when uncertainty is going to strike... this book has moments of true understanding and empathy...the illustrations...have plenty of color and child-friendly appeal...the book’s fun activities, such as a maze and a word search, should engage young independent readers."
The Cat's Got My Tongue- A book about Shyness and Performance Anxiety (Building Resilience) (Volume 1)
Doctor Harmony, author
Discover how Sal's pet cat, Matt, makes her feel nervous, shy and tongue-tied in this fun, rhyming and educational book. Is she the only one who has a pet cat like Matt? Find out how she learns to live with Matt and build her confidence! Can you find Matt, hiding on each page? Kids, try out the fun activities in the back of the book to learn more about dealing with Matt. There is also a useful adults page at the end of the book to guide discussion with children about shyness and performance anxiety and managing it in constructive ways. "The Cat's Got My Tongue- A book about Shyness and Performance Anxiety" is one of four books in The Building Resilience picture book series. This series gives children, teachers and parents advice on how to deal with common situations and uncomfortable feelings. It also encourages parent-child discussion about difficult topics. Some topics (feelings and even common life events such as death) are traditionally taboo or are challenging for adults to talk about. If adults are uncomfortable talking about issues or feelings, it is even more difficult for children to discuss them or to know how to effectively cope with situations.This range of books opens the communication pathways, in a fun way, and helps children and adults face matters without shame, embarrassment or stigma.