Max’s parents give him a very special gift; a tiny box that can hold absolutely everything. Max soon learns, however, that feelings can’t be put away as easily as toys. As each negative emotion—anger, embarrassment, sadness, loneliness—gets added to his box, it grows and grows, eventually becoming so large that it keeps him from doing the things he love, like riding his bike and climbing trees. With help from friends and family, Max turns the box into something beautiful and lets it go. A Parents’ Guide explains how well-intentioned adults often encourage children, especially young boys, to ignore and “put away” their feelings instead of learning to fully live with them. Simple, powerful illustrations become more colorful and vibrant as Max moves out from his box’s shadow.
Rose is a stuffed bunny who loves the little boy she lives with and all the fun they have together. They play in the park, paint pictures, read stories—until she discovers a loose thread dangling from her arm. Rose tries to ignore the little string, but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t stop thinking about it, pulling at it. When her arm unravels and the stuffing falls out, Rose can no longer do the things she loves with her little boy. Can Rose find a way to forget about the little loose thread? The story offers a great opportunity for parents and teachers to talk to children about how compulsive and obsessive thoughts can get in the way of enjoying life, and what to do about it. Therapist recommended.