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Clementine Gets Unstuck! Kids Can Club™ Collection (1) is written by Christine Corrigan Mendez M.Ed. LPC NCC, and Jen Monika McCurdy M.Ed. LPC, and illustrated by Dana Regan. This children's book is intended to offer guidance and coping skills to neurodivergent children and their adult caregivers. The story begins with a bright little girl named Clementine waking up happy and ready to start her day. Her morning routine is quickly interrupted when the burden of thoughts and ideas that spring up in her active mind becomes convoluted and confusing. Clementine finds it impossible to focus on one thought and, as a result, struggles with things like deciding what to wear and voicing ideas for what she and her friends can do on the weekend. When Clementine's teacher introduces the class to controlled breathing techniques, Clementine's ideas become untangled, and she is unstuck.
I am happy to live in a day and age where the struggles of our children's health and wellness are addressed openly, compassionately, and in the spirit of meaningful support. Clementine Gets Unstuck! is a perfect example of guidance that is child and adult friendly and easy to implement. Christine Corrigan Mendez and Jen Monika McCurdy have produced a narrative that is as concise as it is accessible. Proof of the success this book might have with readers is how Clementine's newly discovered breathing techniques did help one of my little thinkers. Of course, there is no great children's book without a great children's illustrator, and the prolific and highly respected Dana Regan breathes life into Clementine with artistry that blends realism and animation-style illustrations with a bold, primary color palette. Between Mendez, McCurdy, and Regan, the world of kid-lit has another dream team trio. Highly recommended.