HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Float: A Guide to Letting Go
Author: Aimee L. Ruland
Illustrator: Carl R. Anderson
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1615994601 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1615994602 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1615994595 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1615994599 Paperback
Related website(s): http://www.LHPress.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5 – 8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Ruland, Aimee L. Float: A Guide to Letting Go (Published in 2019 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Sometimes when people go to bed at night, there may be things, like anger, guilt, doubt, envy, fear, confusion, and selfishness, which linger in their minds and keep them from relaxing. In Float: A Guide to Letting Go, author Aimee L. Ruland, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with degree concentrations in Psychology and Philosophy, who is an Applied Metapsychology facilitator, Certified Yoga Instructor, Usui Reiki practitioner, meditation guide, and mother, seeks to encourage children to process their emotions gently and in a way that allows them purposeful ownership of what they think and how they feel through the thoughtful use of different colors and releasing balloons as symbols.
The playful rhyming text encourages readers to maintain a broad focus as they become more grounded and aware. It can aid them in identifying the root of their feelings, help them to examine their reactions to emotions, and enable them to decide for themselves what they may be ready to release. One reviewer wrote, “Aimee Ruland is the Dr. Seuss of children’s therapy books.” I am not qualified by either training or any experience in my background to judge how this book might relate to children’s therapy. However, even I can see that Float could be useful for youngsters who are having various kinds of issues that interfere with their normal lives. The illustrations are by Carl R. Anderson. Aimee and Carl are husband and wife team.