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How Sprinkle the Pig Escaped the River of Tears

How Sprinkle the Pig Escaped the River of Tears

A Story About Being Apart From Loved Ones

Anne Westcott and C. C. Alicia Hu. Introduced by Pat Ogden., illustrated by Ching-Pang Kuo

Part of the Hidden Strengths Therapeutic Children's Books series

Quick Overview

Starring a loveable piglet named Sprinkle, this is a comforting picture book to read with children aged 4-10 coming to terms with losing or being separated from someone they love. Sprinkle gets so sad that he cries a river of tears, then happy memories give him strength. Includes a guide for grown ups and a therapeutic activity.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 10.91in x 8.46in / 277mm x 215mm, 40pp
ISBN: 9781785927690
2017, PDF, 40pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-669-8
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Sprinkle the pig has moved to a new house, with a new family, but he misses his old family. On his first day at school his classmate yells at him, and everything gets too much. He cries and cries, and soon the tears become a river and carry him away! Wise monkey spots Sprinkle, but he is too far away. Can he help Sprinkle to find hidden strengths to survive the river of tears?

This therapeutic picture book is written to help children aged 4-10 and adults to talk about being separated from or losing loved ones, and explores how difficult experiences can affect how your body feels and reacts to things. It is followed by easy to read advice for adults on how to help your child.


'The pictures and rich descriptive text convey the real life experience of so many children ... Children will feel relieved and understood as they recognize themselves and their peers in the characters.'
- Pat Ogden, Founder, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

'A brilliant addition to the field of mental health for the treatment of trauma in children ... accessible, educational and fun for clients, parents and therapists alike. Bravo!'
- Frank Anderson, MD, Psychotherapist, psychiatrist and Executive Director, Foundation of Self Leadership

'Delightful ... The Guide for Grown Ups at the end of the book offers child-friendly ways to extend the value of the story into everyday life, and bolsters parent understanding.'
- Elizabeth S. Warner, Psy.D, Clinical psychologist and SMART Project Director, Trauma Center at JRI

'Practical and accessible ... This important and timely series is a must read for anyone who has a need for trauma literacy.'
- Nicola McClung, Ph.D., Mother and Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of San Francisco

'So indicative of how a foster child feels ... This book should be required reading for all adults in the agencies that help with removal, placement, reunification and adoption ... What a great resource, thank you!'
- Lenea Keltner, Director, Whitman County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

'Sometimes emotions can be more than a child can handle. These authors have seamlessly woven into the story crucial aspects of working with distressed children that balance the upset, making situations tolerable.'
- Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, PhD, RCC, EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute


Illustrated by: Ching-Pang Kuo
Introduction by: Pat Ogden