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Journeys into the Child’s Inner World

By Jenny Perkel


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This delightful and entertaining book is a collection of five children’s stories suitable for children aged six to eleven years. Characterization and interpersonal encounters in each story are symbolic reflections of some of the psychological challenges and dilemmas in the journey of life. The author, Jenny Perkel, is a clinical psychologist with many years of experience working with babies, children and adults.

‘The stories and unusual and imaginative…’ Little People

‘Perkel spins magic around her characters to bring them alive, while Joanne Hugo’s bright pictures add to the fun’ Sunday Times

‘What a charming children’s book. Imaginatively written and wonderfully illustrated, it consists of five stories, each aimed at entertaining and enlightening children about their world. Perkel is a clinical psychologist…and her experience speaks volumes through each story. I particularly enjoyed the title story which tells of a mother and daughter who live on the street. Without lapsing into sentimentality, it still teaches kids that not everyone is fortunate enough to read books with a roof over their heads’ The Big Issue


The Nightwatchman

Ben, the nightwatchman, is a personification of each child’s internal protector. He stays awake at night so that children everywhere can sleep peacefully. But one night Ben falls asleep on duty. Fears of the dark and insomnia are overcome by the small child-hero despite the absence of the nightwatchman.

Prince Paul’s Crown

Prince Paul, the unfriendly villain, realizes the joy of friendship when he at last is able to step down from his lonely but aristocratic pedestal. This story explores the way in which social alienation and grandiosity can be forfeited, leading to friendship and reconciliation.

The Lost Locket in the Land of Zin

During Noni’s search for her locket she meets a chameleon wearing a polka dotted tie, a beautiful and vain caterpillar, an almost drowned rat, some tortoises and a flying ostrich. This humorous fantasy-adventure is symbolic of intra-personal exploration and an example of integration of aspects of the self.

Streets of Jewels

Sindi, the street-child, realizes her dream of moving off the streets into a real house made with bricks and cement. This story is about progress and loss, poverty and the bitter-sweet complexity of material possessions. It is symbolic of internal resourcefulness and psychological growth.

Who am I?

Lost and alone, Trixi begins her journey in hopeless confusion. After a few close encounters from which she learns valuable life lessons, she manages to find her own way. Experiences that may at first seem negative lead this character to trust herself, and ultimately towards a clearer sense of self.

Streets of Jewels


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