Ten Turtles on Tuesday: A Story for Children About Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

Pages: 80, Color
Size: 6" x 9"
Age Range: 8-13
Item #: 441B139
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1643-7
List Price: $14.95
Copyright: 2014
Format: Hardcover
Other Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Meet Sarah. Sarah feels compelled to count. She has obsessive–compulsive disorder, or OCD for short. But with the help of her family and her therapist, Sarah learns how to handle her fears and take charge of her OCD.

A Note to Readers by Michael Tompkins, PhD, offers readers kid-friendly information, advice, and proven strategies to turn OCD on its head.

About the Author

Ellen Flanagan Burns is a school psychologist and the author of Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism. She devotes her writing to helping children overcome anxiety. She believes that children's books can be a powerful therapeutic tool and supports cognitive-based interventions for children with anxiety-related issues.

Ms. Burns lives in Newark, Delaware with her family, where she is also a practicing licensed massage therapist.

About the Illustrator

Sue Cornelison has loved to draw since she was young. Now that she is grown, Sue illustrates in her "Tree Top" art studio in her backyard in rural Iowa. Together with husband, Ross, she raised six children. When she is not drawing and painting, she coaches trampoline and tumbling and feels blessed to be in her element.

Past projects include Sofia's Dream, You're Wearing That to School!?, the award-winning "Howard B. Wigglebottom" series, and the "Bitty Baby" series for American Girl.

She works in a variety of mediums, including digital and oil. Ten Turtles on Tuesday combined digital underpaintings with colored pencil on Strathmore 500 paper.

Reviews & Awards

Written in a mixture of diary entries and narrative, the reader gets insight into OCD through the eyes of a child their age suffering through it. Tips that help. Strategies that work. Analogies that amuse. While OCD doesn't go away in a day, for Sarah or for anyone, the story shows how it can be alleviated with help, practice, and proper tools.