Bounce Back by Cheri Meiners is a useful resource for the Bounce Back! program which is run in many schools. I have used this book in my role as a school chaplain and found it explains resilience in a way a child can understand.

The story is loosely set around a girl whose best friend moves away but also shows other situations where resilience is important. Such as when we make a mistake or when someone in our family is sick. The book teaches strategies for dealing with difficult situations, such as thinking about the problem from a different perspective, think of things you are looking forward to and learning to do new things. It conveys the message that resilience is something we get better at as we grow up.

The illustrations by Elizabeth Allen are colourful and clear. They are a good fit with the text and add depth to the story.

Overall a lovely book and a valuable resource.

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