“Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail”
Why every family should have this book on their shelves
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I must admit, it is not often that I fall head over heels for a book to the point that I begin thinking of how to pitch it to school’s for the author myself, but this book is pure gold!
Author, Greg McGoon created the perfect book for children of this ERA! “Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelow’s Trail” ignites self-worth, inspires love of oneself, provokes deeper thinking and challenges to overcome negativity!
One of the biggest challenges kids face is that of their own conscious, and self-worth. “The Tanglelows'” is by far the only book I have come across that children can truly relate to on the subject and gain a better understanding as to what they may be feeling. Greg McGoon does not only describe what they are experiencing in a way they can understand, but he also provokes a deeper self-analyzing thought process in which truly helps them past self-doubt.
From the back cover;
“They exist in everyone’s mind. The parts of us that twist and turn our thoughts into questions and doubts about ourselves. This is a guide through the messy thoughts we have from the day to day, showing us how to be kinder to ourselves and to others as we untangle their paths to a place of self-acceptance and understanding.”
We have all been there, stuck in our own thoughts, paralyzing doubt and self-belittlement. It’s often hard to find our way past this in order to move forward. Now, I want you to picture the adolescent mind trying to unravel and comprehend these thoughts. To be fair, first we should discuss cognitive development itself.
Cognitive development will never fully be understood concretely, as the mind is a mysterious being of its own. Difficult to “test” or “prove” theories to be true. Though it is believed through scientific theories to progress in stages, and I will very briefly touch on that.
Your 5-6-year old’s
The child’s thinking during this stage is unable to use logic to transform, combine or separate ideas and can only focus on one aspect of a situation or thought at a time. They also lack the ability to see any given situation from another person’s viewpoint, they believe or assume everyone sees it the same as them. It is what it is, and that’s it. There is no abstract thinking or ability to apply reason at this stage of development.
Your 7-10-year old’s
Can consider multiple perspectives and apply various thought-out strategies as they begin to develop the ability to apply logic and reason. However, they struggle at this stage to understand abstract and/or hypothetical concepts.
That being said, you can see how difficult it is for a child to one, understand their thoughts, and two, be able to see past the negative ones or even fully understand why they are having these thoughts to begin with.
That is the beauty of this book, “Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail” written by, Greg McGoon. He has taken this complex and misunderstood thought process and unravels it in a way that speaks to 5-10-year-olds fluently. Not only, is the storyline captivating, but the delivery through rhyme and eye-catching illustrations take the pressure and discomfort of the topic far from thought.
I want to share a personal story with you, to better offer you insight to the power of this book.
Three days ago, I received an unsettling phone call from my son’s school that shook me to the core. On the other end of the line was the school’s social worker. In which my son participates in groups with for social skills. She proceeded to tell me that my son had said some disturbing things during group. When she got him alone and further questioned him, he went on to tell her; “Sometimes I have “voices” in my head that tell me I’m stupid, have no friends, and should just give up”.
Now, being trained in this particular profession, he did say some “trigger words” and she reacted as her training taught her to. What she did not know was that earlier that day we found out we were moving states away from any and all family. Due to his father’s career, this happened often. We also just finished potty training 4 of his toddler siblings at the same time. So our attention was seriously lacking toward him.
My son, previously being our only child for 7 years and jumping to 1 of 5 in a 13 month period and constantly being forced to move from state to state due to the military life had finally reached his breaking point. He was not really experiencing “voices” in his head in a way T.V. would have you think. He was simply bottling up his emotions and thoughts because he could not understand or express them. All he knew was that thoughts kept coming in, and he did not know how to handle them.
I have to say, the timing of this book review almost feels as if it were meant to be.
After hearing the news, and speaking with my son’s teacher which had the same viewpoint as me, I decided we were taking the day off! My son stayed home from school. I unplugged work wise. And we headed off to the seawall with only our copy of “Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail” in hand.
We parked our bottoms on a bench directly overlooking the ocean and read this book by Greg McGoon. He enjoyed this book so much, we read it several times over before we left. I can hardly begin to explain the amazingly honest discussion this book opened up and the valuable insights that both he and I gained regarding what was going on with him.
Whether or not your child has expressed having troubling or negative thoughts, this book will be an invaluable addition to your families own library. Just because they have not mentioned having these thoughts, or have not yet experienced them, does not mean it won’t happen. To be completely honest, as I’m sure you’ll agree, everyone goes through this more often than we care to admit. Reading this with them at a young and impressionable age will help them gain perspective. And introduce them to the idea alone to better help them overcome negativity later.
You can get your copy of The Tangelows’ book via the link below!
“Having grown up in a candy store, author Greg McGoon has ways of finding the sweet side of life. His creative storytelling for children evolved while teaching at the Claremont School of Theatre Arts. As Founder/Executive Director of Artcentricity, Inc., a non-profit educational creative arts environment, he has been able to focus further on child development. His books explore children’s feelings about themselves and the world around them, which is a wonderful place indeed!” You can find Greg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
His book is available on Amazon here → http://amzn.to/2lRSYQo
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