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Find Another Way by Daryll Scott

publication date: Jan 26, 2011
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author/source: Anne Coates
Find Another WayAuthor Daryll Scott  wrote his first children's book Find Another Way to help his son think about different ways of solving a problem. Billed as "Creative thinking for kids" it also carries a recommendation from Dr John Grinder, co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NPL).  NLP is a therapeutic technique used to reprogramme patterns of thought and behaviour – for the better so that we see situations and problems in a different light!

In Find Another Way, Curious Joe "whose itchy feet took him out in search of someone to meet" encounters various characters each of whom has a problem: a toad with a toy car stuck in a glass jar,  a llama unable to peel a banana until he reaches the top of the hill and the wise old owls who point out that repeating something that obviously isn't working is a waste of time - something has to change ...

Curious Joe goes back down the hill and helps each character to relax and see the situation in a different light to reveal a solution. If that sounds a bit complicated, it isn't at all. Find another Way is a fun story, simply told in rhyme and makes it point without labouring it.

The illustrations by Rachel Baker are charming and my only real criticsm of the book is that I feel the narrative poem could have done with a little more work just to make it flow and scan a bit better - but I don't suppose many young children will notice and complain!

Published by Soap Box BooksFind Another Way: Creative Thinking for Kids is available from Amazon.