Holdin Pott ハードカバー – 2019/9/22
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A worn pressure cooker and a sweet little pot learn new ways of dealing with difficult feelings
Meet the Potts. Holdin Pott grew up learning to keep in feelings of sadness and anger. He is one tough pressure cooker. Little Pott is watching and wants to be just like him, but when you're little and the heat is on really high, it's hard to keep the lid on and hold tough stories and feelings inside. What will Little Pott do? How will Holdin Pott help him?
From the team that created Once I Was Very Very Scared and You Weren't With Me, comes a new story to help children and grown-ups start difficult conversations and snuggle in closer together.
Chandra combines her love of story and cute creatures with her training in clinical psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is currently the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at UCSF and the Director of Dissemination and Implementation for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She has co-authored over 20 publications related to trauma and diversity-informed practice. She trains nationally and internationally, and in her spare time, she writes stories and bakes pies.
As a boy, Erich was always interested in cartoons and character design. In his professional career, as a digital artist and technical director at Industrial Light and Magic, he has created visual effects for movies like Rango, Harry Potter, The Avengers and Star Wars and many others. He is also a singer, songwriter, music producer and founding member of the seminal San Francisco rock band District 8.
Holdin Pott explains that stifled emotions make “the body ache and the belly sicken.” Illustrator Erich Ippen Jr. captures the spirit of this message in a two-page spread that depicts the aftermath of a pressure cooker that has detonated. (Anyone who has faced this experience knows just how messy, loud and frightening it can be!)
The next line of text reads, “Then Little Pott felt ashamed and afraid he’d be in big trouble for the mess that he made.” Shame. Fear, Isolation— these complicated emotions make the child feel even worse. They weaken the child’s ability to process and cope with his challenges. Handling the hard stuff of life is hard enough for adults; for children with few the skills and limited experience, managing on their own is much more difficult. This is why they need to be able to turn to parents for guidance, understanding and acceptance. To feel safe. Loved. Accepted.
Lucky is the child whose parents recognize this need and intentionally look for ways to create this secure attunement with their child and to grow their child’s emotional regulation skills. In fact, developing this competency benefits the entire family. Ippen’s book offers one great way to accomplish this goal.
I highly recommend her other, exceptional book, You weren’t with Me. I have gifted it to both children and adults and folks raved about how it helped them. Read my review of it.
AQ Lens: Adoption includes many intense emotions so a book like this which models that it is safe to express and share emotions makes a good addition to the adoptive family’s book shelf. Adult adoptees report that they frequently wrestled with big, scary and unsettling emotions like anger and fear of rejections. They yearned for ways to share their fears with parents but often failed in their efforts and instead kept these overwhelming emotions bottled up.
A book like Holdin Pott can serve as a gateway to free expression, loving connection, and emotional competency.
Gayle H. Swift, co-founder of GIFT Family Services, author of: ABC, Adoption & Me;
We're Adopted, So What?; Reimagining Adoption: What Adoptees Seek from Families and Faith