A Flicker of Hope

A Flicker of Hope

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Click here for more information, including a video from the author Julia Cook, about A Flicker of Hope.

 

HOPE is our children’s window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else.

When your clouds get too dark,
and too heavy to push away,
Reach out and ask, “Can I borrow some light?”
“I’m having a really bad day.”

“It’s always okay to admit to yourself,
“I just can’t do it today.”
Everyone needs somebody sometimes,
to help them find their way.”

Sometimes the dark clouds overhead seem too heavy and you feel like giving up. Little candle knows all about this. Bad grades, blasted on social media, worried about making the team, and wondering who her real friends are—so many hard things to deal with! All she can see is darkness. But her story begins to change when someone notices she needs a boost of hope. As little candle is reminded she has purpose and her own unique gifts, and that she isn’t the only one with dark clouds, her dim light begins to shine brighter.

This hopeful story emphasizes for children (and adults) the many different ways to ask for help, and their ability to be a hope builder for others, too.

 

Click here to read an article about hope by Julia Cook.

 

“A Flicker of Hope is a much-needed resource for our times. As an international speaker on resilience, mental health, and suicide prevention, I have noticed diverse populations struggling with how best to reach out when times get tough. This book gives readers both the language and mindset of how we can build caring communities everywhere. Together we can build the emotional intelligence needed to create a more supportive world.”
Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psychologist and Mental Health Advocate

Author: Julia Cook
Illustrator: MacKenzie Haley
Audience: Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8)
Grade Level: K-6
Age Range: 5-12
Format: Paperback
Page Number: 32
ISBN: 9781937870522
Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Language: English