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Fun & simple solutions for children (and adults!) to help navigate everyday emotional challenges, using mindfulness tools.
Fun & simple solutions for children (and adults!) to help navigate everyday emotional challenges, using mindfulness tools.
Fun & simple solutions for children (and adults!) to help navigate everyday emotional challenges, using mindfulness tools.
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Kids' Books about Managing Anger, Tantrums & Perfectionism.

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Hi I'm Melissa! Combining my love of good stories, mindfulness and books, I have lovingly created these 'emotion coaching' books that inspire and teach both children and adults! 

They are designed to help with one of life's most important skills: emotional balance.

As we know, childhood can be an emotional time. The BIG emotions such as anger and sadness can be overwhelming for developing brains. And sometimes, us parents need help with the emotional stuff as well! 

My son is a great little guy of course, but his quick eruptions of anger (and sometimes even violence) were the inspiration behind these stories. I wanted a find gentle and fun way to talk about these outbursts with him without the dreaded 'lecture'.

This is where Manny the Meatball comes in. He is a sweet little guy, who goes through the ups and downs of everyday emotions and common thinking patterns.

Manny is joined by his friends Benjamin Broccoli and Crispy Carrot and is often guided by his wise Aunty Sage, who has a lot of experience with the BIG emotions and 'stinking thinking'. Aunty Sage helps him mindfully move through the 'challenging times'. Do you get the picture?  

Meet Manny: A nutritionally balanced little ball of goodness...

"Manny the Meatball is a regular meatball. He enjoys normal meatball hobbies such as rolling around in gravy and playing pea ball. Manny is loved by many and is a happy-go-lucky type of meatball. His life is probably not so different to yours..."
"Manny the Meatball is a regular meatball. He enjoys normal meatball hobbies such as rolling around in gravy and playing pea ball. Manny is loved by many and is a happy-go-lucky type of meatball. His life is probably not so different to yours..."

 

First and foremost, the books tell great stories that are entertaining for both children and parents.   

But then, the stories can be read with the aim of opening discussion and solving everyday problems that we encounter right into adulthood.

Sometimes, instead of direct ‘teaching’ it’s just easier to explore these feelings side by side in a non-confrontational way, via a medium such as a book! 

What a bargain- books that entertain and teach

The emotions and thought patterns that we experience daily are not the problem but sometimes our accompanying behaviours are. Using the ideas from cutting edge behavioural research, along with easy mindfulness tools, I wrote these books. 

The two books are dedicated to different emotions & thought patterns: Anger and Growth Mindset. (The third one about Sadness is waiting in the wings...)

The target group is kids aged 3 and above, who love a good story and a good laugh. 

They have been illustrated by the clever Shirley Harvey in a captivating yet simple manner, and the characters really come to life through our collaboration and mutual love of these themes.

There are even research-based, parent/caregiver notes at the back of each book to help further explain the tools and offer more ideas for later!

The books have already been printed in the Finnish language and have rolled into many homes across the country! Manny is making his way around the world! 

Here is some feedback so far:

"These are really good books and should be found in every library, and on every family's bookcase!" 

"These books! Just wonderful! I can not help but recommend them! My darling (but sometimes temperamental) 8 year-old said,'Mum these actually help me with my feelings! I'm an eternal fan of this writer!'"

"I didn't realise that I could learn something new about parenting and  emotions from a children's book. It's a win-win situation! We are both learning!"

"Our kids love Manny. Both at our kindergarten and at home!"

The books have been written and illustrated. So, I am raising money here on kickstarter to recoup the illustrator costs and fund the professional layout and publication of these little treasures. I would like to meet the bulk printing minimum order. The budget has also included the packing supplies and kickstarter fees. 

I want to share them far and wide! 

These days, self-publishing is the fastest way to get ideas out there and I would really love your help with printing these tales about this unlikely meatball hero. He is just too cute and curious to stay cooped up in my ideas box!

What's in it for you?:

  • Your contribution to the project will get you the book/s, e-book version, meditations, postcards or all of the above!
  • You get a good feeling about funding a heart-centred project meant to make communication and cultivating emotional balance the 'norm' for children and caregivers.

What's in it for me?

  • I get to turn my passion project into a reality and have the opportunity to write more stories in my spare time - thank you!
  • I help families using my experience with, and research into, emotional balance and coaching.
  • I feel good about helping people learn more and talk more about big emotions and how to handle them in a healthy way.

The other exciting aspect of these books is the collaboration and creation of community from around the world. The stories have been written by me, a lover of words and stories; the illustrations have been handcrafted by a creative being in Canada; the layout and design is being done by a clever person who lives in a cabin in a remote Finnish forest; and even the video above has been documented by a cool Aussie living far away from home. 

The most important part of this collaboration however is youI’m hoping that you also feel called to be a part of this creative community project.

You are not just buying a story book, you are buying an idea and great tool for families.

 

 

 

"...he felt like a failure and was afraid to tell his parents. Perfect Pete, who loved these types of situations where Manny felt doubt, decided this was the ideal opportunity to appear in Manny’s life..."
"...he felt like a failure and was afraid to tell his parents. Perfect Pete, who loved these types of situations where Manny felt doubt, decided this was the ideal opportunity to appear in Manny’s life..."

 

"Luckily, Manny could turn to his Aunty Sage at times like this. She was a serene, sweet-smelling bunch of goodness who seemed to have a knack of offering good advice and a fresh, new perspective..."
"Luckily, Manny could turn to his Aunty Sage at times like this. She was a serene, sweet-smelling bunch of goodness who seemed to have a knack of offering good advice and a fresh, new perspective..."

 

"Sometimes, it is almost as if an angry version of Manny appears right next to him..."
"Sometimes, it is almost as if an angry version of Manny appears right next to him..."

 

“Do you know how many times you fell over and rolled off the plate when you were learning to walk, Manny? If you had given up the first time you fell, you wouldn’t be walking now!” said Papa Meatball as he put his arm around Manny to comfort him...
“Do you know how many times you fell over and rolled off the plate when you were learning to walk, Manny? If you had given up the first time you fell, you wouldn’t be walking now!” said Papa Meatball as he put his arm around Manny to comfort him...

 

"Manny becomes furious when his sister destroys his artwork. He becomes irritated when his feelings are hurt. And he gets really mad when he needs to put down the iPad..."
"Manny becomes furious when his sister destroys his artwork. He becomes irritated when his feelings are hurt. And he gets really mad when he needs to put down the iPad..."

 Quick Specs at a Glance:

These children's books are based on everyday emotions and mindful solutions. 

They are full colour, glossy books with high-quality, 180gsm page weight.

Paperback (soft cover). Size 20cm x 20 cm (approx 8 x 8 Inch), 44 pages.

Each book has at least 12 beautiful, whimsical Illustrations, handcrafted by the talented Shirley Harvey.

Each book has research based, parent/caregiver notes at the back with really interesting and helpful tips.

Risks and challenges

The two books have been finished (text and illustrations) and are ready for the printer! Therefore, the risks are low.

I have chosen the delivery date according to initial printing quotes, regarding turn around and shipping to me. Delays in printing and shipping are the biggest risk I can see.

As soon as I receive the books, they will be packed and shipped.

The biggest challenge is the shipping. This is the unavoidably expensive part and I have looked for the safest and quickest way to do this. The books will be shipped from Finland as they are being printed in Europe. This is the part that challenges me most about this project because international shipping is such an expense! I'm just hoping that people understand this.

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    Pledge AU$ 12 or more About $9

    Kindness Cards

    Three (3) gorgeous postcards, featuring Manny and his friends, designed to spread goodwill and kindness. Send them to loved ones to remind them you care, or keep them for yourself because you want Manny near! Each postcard has a different image.

    (Postcard dimensions are approx.10x15cm, 4x6inch).

    Free shipping for this one!

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    Meditation Bundle

    This reward is series of 4 guided meditations for parents.

    They are a combo of guided meditations and positive parenting affirmations intended to reignite the positivity gauge in your mind, help you to create breathing space for yourself during inevitable challenging days, as well as support you to create small pockets of time and breathing space.

    Professionally recorded and spoken by Melissa. Background music by Christopher Lloyd Clarke. (Meditations are approximately 10- 15 minutes each.)

    You will be sent the link to download and save to your computer (and then share across your devices) after the project is complete.

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    Digital Download of Both Books!

    You are trying to save paper and want these meatball books in your hot little hands ASAP.

    You will receive the PDFs of both full colour books, after the campaign is over.

    They will be sent to your email and you can download them to whichever device you please.

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    Manny Feels Mad (Blue Book)

    You simply want to buy one book! It's about that common emotion: anger.

    It is the first book in the series:

    "Manny feels Mad- A story about hitting the pause button on anger," is perfect for you if:

    You sometimes wonder how to manage your child’s anger (or your own) during the tough times.

    You need a quick ‘how to’ guide about emotion coaching. (Each book comes with some handy science-based notes for adults related to the topic at hand.)

    You would like to create more connection with your child/ren.

    This is a great gift idea as well!

    BONUS REWARD = Three Kindness Cards as outlined in reward 2.

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    Manny Feels Like a Failure (Purple Book)

    You want to teach your kids (and yourself) how failure can be our friend! This book is about cultivation a growth mindset (referring to the work of Dr. Carol Dweck).

    It is the second book in the series:

    "Manny Feels Like a Failure - A story about learning from our mistakes," is perfect for you if:

    You have a perfectionist in your family.

    You need a quick ‘how to’ guide about Carol Dweck’s groundbreaking work on mindset. (Each book comes with some handy science-based notes for adults related to the topic at hand.)

    You are a teacher who would like a great teaching tool about mindset, making mistakes and making friends with failure.

    You would like to create more connection with your child/ren around sometimes difficult topics.

    This is a great gift idea as well!

    BONUS REWARD = Three (3) Kindness Cards as outlined in reward 2.

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    Erikoistarjous suomalaisille! FIN ONLY!

    Osta molemmat suomenkieliset Lari kirjat n. 23.lla eurolla. Hinta sisältää ilmaisen postilähetyksen. Tämän edullisemmin et saa kirjoja mistään kirjakaupasta. Lisäksi saat kaupanpäällisinä 3 Lari Lihapulla korttia, jotka voi lähettää ystäville!

    Kirja 1: Lari tuntee itsensä vihaiseksi – tarina siitä, miten vihan tunnetta opitaan hallitsemaan.
    Kirja 2: Lari ärsyttää – kertomus virheistä oppimisesta.

    PLUS 3 Postikorttia!

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    Both Manny Books + so much more!

    The first two (2) books in the series:

    1. Manny feels Mad- A story about hitting the pause button on anger.

    2. Manny Feels Like a Failure - A story about learning from our mistakes.

    PLUS YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE THIS GREAT BONUS--->
    The Kindness Cards + the meditations + the downloadable PDFs of both books!

    *****Best Value******

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    U.S SHIPPING SPECIAL! Both Books + more!

    ***We now have a great collaboration with a friend in the United States which means cheaper shipping!!!***

    Choose this reward for the book bundle + all the extras and pay less shipping!***

    You will get the first two (2) books in the series:

    1. Manny feels Mad- A story about hitting the pause button on anger.

    2. Manny Feels Like a Failure - A story about learning from our mistakes.

    PLUS YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE THIS GREAT BONUS--->
    The meditations + the downloadable PDFs of both books!

    *****Best Value For U.S Backers******

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    Teacher's Bundle. 5 Books + Lesson Plan

    You are a teacher who would like to share the important topic of ‘Growth Mindset’ with your class. The purple books are based on Carol Dweck's groundbreaking research about fixed mindset and growth mindset, and how to help our kids become growth mindset kids.

    This reward includes:

    Five (5) copies of Manny Feels Like a Failure.

    E-version of both books (You will be sent the link so you can download it to your computer or device.)

    E-version (PDF) of adaptable lesson plan to share with your class about Mindset. The lesson plan is standard and can be adapted to a variety of age groups.

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    Teacher's Bundle. 10 Books + Lesson Plan

    You are a teacher who would like to share the important topic of ‘Growth Mindset’ with your class. The purple books are based on Carol Dweck's groundbreaking research about fixed mindset and growth mindset, and how to help our kids become growth mindset kids.

    This reward includes:

    Ten (10) copies of Manny Feels Like a Failure.

    E-version of both books (You will be sent the link so you can download it to your computer or device.)

    E-version (PDF) of adaptable lesson plan to share with your class about Mindset. The lesson plan is standard and can be adapted to a variety of age groups.

    A class set of thirty (30) kindness cards.

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    Original Water Colour Illustrations

    This reward includes 10 randomly selected ORIGINAL artworks by Shirley Harvey (see pictures of the artwork in the story section). The pieces are not as you see in the books as they are the beginning step of a big process that the images went through.
    They are gorgeous and unique and can be cut down and framed beautifully for a Manny lover in your family.

    You will also receive a copy of both books: Manny Feels Mad and Manny Feels Like a Failure + The e-books + the meditations + the kindness cards.

    Watercolour Specs:
    Heavy Artist's Watercolour paper
    Paper size: 28 x 19 cm (Approx 11 x 7 inches)

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