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Valérie's childhood teddy bear is one of the principal characters in her first book.

Following on from the success of her first book, B at Home, local author, Valérie Besanceney, has just published a second book on the same theme of moving home.

Called My Moving Booklet, the new 80-page paperback is designed to help children through the initial stages of an upcoming move.  Whilst moving can be exciting, it can also be terrifying at the same time. On the one hand, it can be very sad to say goodbye, but on the other it can also be incredibly fun to experience new things and meet new people. Everybody experiences a move differently, but it is very important to say goodbye properly.

Valérie told knowitall.ch, “This booklet allows children to truly welcome the new challenges and adventures that lie ahead of them, together with their parents and teachers. In many parts of the booklet, I have given them the opportunity to either write about it, to draw a picture, or to glue on a photograph. This is their own unique story that one day will serve as a keepsake of a life-changing event.”

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Originally born in Holland, Valérie Besanceney grew up changing schools and countries five times as a child – so knows exactly what she is talking about when it comes to Third Culture Kids (TCKs)!  Here is just one of the excellent reviews she has received from Douglas W. Ota, Author of Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It.

Like any journey, moving induces excitement and fear. Moving without an emotional map, however, induces terror.

Where am I going? What am I feeling? What is happening? Am I normal? With efficient strokes of her pen, Valérie Besanceney sweeps these troubling questions aside for any child fortunate enough to receive this book. My Moving Booklet traces the contours of every move’s landscape, freeing the young explorer to color in the mountains and valleys he or she encounters. Each turn of the page quietly reinforces this book’s most important message to children: someone knows where you are.

Moving isn’t easy. Being reassured you’re still on the map makes it easier. And because children clutch tightly to the people and things that make them feel safe, My Moving Booklet will earn its title in small sets of hands everywhere.”

Available from Amazon, Book Depository and other online bookstores, Valérie is also hoping her new book will prove popular with international schools, where there can often be quite a high turnover of children moving through classes. In this case, special discounted rates are on offer for bulk purchases.

Jennifer Armstrong, Primary Principal at the La Châtaigneraie Campus of The International School of Geneva said this about the book, “Helping a child prepare for a successful transition has just become much easier! Valérie Besanceney’s booklet is a great tool for schools wanting to collaborate effectively with every child and his or her parents to help ease them on their life journey. Straightforward, and well structured, it also provides lots of room for the creativity of the individuals involved and keeps the child at the centre. Thank you!”

Moving Booklet miniMy Moving Booklet
Valérie Besanceney
Summertime Publishing
€ 12.50 / $14.50