In the Happy Sensitive Kid community someone recently asked if anyone could recommend a book to help children process the idea of moving home. And then Pixie’s New Home fell into my lap. Coincidence? I think not! 🙂
Pixie the donkey learns that she will have to leave behind her friend Lila because she is moving to a new garden with greener grass. At first Pixie is curious about the adventure that lies ahead of her but is then sad as it dawns on her what she will lose. Luckily she soon feels at home in her new place and even makes a new friend. She doesn’t forget Lila though.
Highly sensitive children, in general, do not like change. They need to know how things will look and feel and whilst that is not always possible when a house move is on the cards this story allows children to follow the emotional stages of a relocation in language they understand. It is a short, simple read but importantly sends them the message that it is okay to feel upset when they move to a new place. It shows them that new and different is not a bad thing.
Furthermore, this book is illustrated beautifully in striking colours that are sure to captivate any little listener. At the end of the book there is a colouring page and space for children to draw their present home and then to draw how they imagine their new home will look.
Pixie’s New Home (UK link) is a great resource to get children talking with their parents about moving home. It’s a good way to help a HSC see the emotional steps that belong with a move and help them understand that they will make new friends and will adapt to their new home, and that missing things they leave behind is part of the process.