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Perry Panda

Perry Panda

A Story about Parental Depression

Helen Bashford. Illustrated by Russell Scott Skinner., illustrated by Russell Scott Skinner

Quick Overview

Perry Panda will help young children understand a parent or carer's depression and recognise that they are not to blame for how their parent or carer is feeling. Bright illustrations and simple rhymes make it ideal for children age 3+.
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2017, 10.43in x 7.68in / 265mm x 195mm, 32pp
ISBN: 9781785924125
2017, PDF, 32pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-773-2
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"Perry, you're not naughty
and you've not upset your mum.
It's not your fault
- it's never your fault -
that your mummy feels this glum."

Perry is worried about his mum. He speaks with his grandma, who explains how his mum is feeling and offers reassurance. She makes it clear that Perry is not to blame and talks about some of the things that might help his mum feel better.

Perry Panda is a story designed to help young children understand a parent or carer's depression. With simple rhymes and bright illustrations, it explains behaviours that may seem unusual to the child and reassures them that it is not their fault.


'An excellent book to blow away taboo. I wish I had had this book!'
- Fern Britton, TV presenter and author, with experience of post-natal depression

'Being a parent can be tough and I get so many messages from parents who are struggling away in silence. Quite often they are also struggling with their mental health. Depression is now so evident in our society and I think Perry Panda plays a vital role in explaining it to children. This little story was heartwarming and brought me to tears. What a lovely, thoughtful thing to publish.'
- Rachaele Hambleton, Part-Time Working Mummy (

'Perry Panda is a much needed resource explaining depression to children who need reassurance that it isn't their fault. It describes in a beautifully simple but effective way what mum could be going through. I highly recommend it for mums, families and professionals as a conversation starter on the subject depression for young children.'
- Rosey Adams, founder of PND and Me

'This book simply and sensitively explains parental depression to young children using rhyme and pictures. It is a book that will be an invaluable resource to both parents and professionals.'
- Dr Lucy Willetts, Clinical Psychologist

'Perry Panda is a wonderful and astute book for young children, providing them with reassurance and advice if a parent is struggling with depression. Sometimes a hug and a smile are just what is needed -- these a child can freely give.'
- Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn, Mental Health Campaigners


By (author): Helen Bashford
Illustrated by: Russell Scott Skinner