In Honu Helps Kiyaya, we follow Honu the sea turtle as she works to help her friend Kiyaya the wolf who is not feeling like himself. Both characters listen to their inner voices to find what they need- for Honu to find the strength to support her friend, and Kiyaya to be reflective about what he needs to help him when he is feeling overwhelmed. Honu Helps Kiyaya is a much-needed story that encourages children to trust their “inner voice” and helps to cultivate empathy for others by being present and a compassionate listener. The story helps facilitate important conversations and gives voice to the complicated experiences of children. In addition to being a lovely story, it is also an invaluable resource for families, care-givers, teachers, and guidance counselors.
About the Author
Jennifer Cyr is an early educator with a background in Psychology and Human Services. Her work with young children has been ongoing since she was a teenager. Now in her 40's, she has been unraveling the pieces of her life that no longer fit, and she is finally becoming the person she was meant to be all along. Writing has been a vital part of the journey, and it has prompted her to share her thoughts in a way that connects to the children in her community. Jennifer has always thought that children are our most important work, and strives to nurture their spirit and sense of self to create more resilient young people.