When Teddy Lost His Smile - Children's Book supporting children with facial paralysis
One day a teddy who couldn’t smile, met a little girl who loved him just the way he was…
Book price is £6.99
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32 page children's colour picture book.
The book aims to:
- Improve self-esteem in children with facial palsy by normalising the condition.
- Reduce feelings of isolation in children so they don’t feel they are ‘the only one’.
- Increase awareness of facial palsy in schools and the wider community.
About the story:
The story focuses on Teddy who Rosie buys at a toy sale. Teddy is very shy and he worries because he has lost his smile. Rosie who has facial palsy, shows teddy throughout the book that he shouldn’t worry so much about his lost smile. Rosie’s facial palsy is only spoken about in a very positive way and she is a confident, happy little girl with lots of friends. Some areas are explored relating to children with facial palsy, such as Rosie gets sand in her eye at one point and she eats food that is easier to chew. She also talks about her party tricks, such as being able to raise just one eyebrow and sneeze with one eye open. At the end of the book Rosie asks her daddy to give Teddy a new smile with his sewing kit. We listened to all the feedback from psychologists, children and adults about how this story should end. Of course the moral is that teddy shouldn’t need to change, but some children with unilateral facial palsy wanted teddy to get a smile just like Rosie and some felt he shouldn’t get his smile back. Four stickers are included at the back of the book for the reader to make the decision. We hope this will promote discussion and ultimately be the right ending for the reader. The book is aimed at the 3 – 7 age range. It will also be a useful tool for an adult with facial palsy to introduce facial palsy to their child.