Two things before we begin:
1. This is really neither a tip (unless it’s to tip you off that it exists) nor a trend (do we hope it becomes one? that’s for the MizFits to decide).
B. I cant believe this hasnt been discussed ad nauseum but, in my various & sundry travels on the information superhighway, I havent seen it (please to note I didnt search much. if it hath been done to death please to disregard lame
All that to say, why has it taken me so long to discover Full Mouse Empty Mouse?!
(To know the MizFit in real life is to know that she is a frustrated picture book writer. So frustrated, in fact, that Im oft seen signing my name MizFit SeussSilversteinPrelutsky—-but I digress…)
Have you not seen it yet either?
Bottom line is it’s a picture book (targeting the w-i-d-e age range of 5-12) which discusses eating disorders using the mice as vehicles to explain the concepts to children.
These mice live under constant stress (fear of cat, mousetraps etc.) and in order to cope with these stresses they turn to food.
The boy mouse? He overeats to deal with his anxiety.
The girl mouse? She starves herself to be small /try and feel safe.
(the MizFit mouse? she lifts weights, does push ups & sit ups, becomes badass and challenges the cat to a duel—I guess that’s in book two: Muscular Mouse Fraidy Cat)
Boy mouse ends up being teased for being fat while girl mouse shockingly (*wink*) is praised for her teeny, tiny body.
Yada Yada Yada their wise old Aunt teaches them that they should listen to their bodies and, essentially, try and get their needs met in other fashions.
Now, I know that the majority of us havent had the chance to read this yet (have you read it? PLEASE to yammer in the comments), but what’s *your* gut reaction?
Is a picture book a the proper medium to trigger adult-child discussions about body size, weightism, the value of sharing feelings, and the problems that arise when anyone uses food to cope with life?
what do you think?
(oh, and if you happen to have an extra 1005.00 in yer pocket you can buy the rights to perform the MUSICAL of the book. The price includes scripts, handouts, and a cd)
**this one? I wont touch with a ten foot pole.