The Colour Thief: A Family's Story of Depression

Author(s): Andrew Fusek Peters

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The Colour Thief is a story about depression. Written by Andrew Fusek Peters, it recounts a child's experience of losing his father to depression. As the illness takes hold his father disappears into a world of pain and confusion taking with it the once colourful life they both shared. The boy fears that he is somehow to blame for his fathers condition despite reassurances to the contrary. As the father seeks help a mere glint of colour reappears and with it hope that they can be full of colour once again. An ideal book for parents and carers to share with children to help them make sense of the devastating effects that depression can cause. Poignent illustrations show sensitivity and pain in equal measure. Bought to life by the award-winning illustrator Karin Littlewood. Depression affects 1 in 4 people at some point in their life. This book is a way to open up discussion to support children who may be experiencing depression within their family.


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Their life was full of colour until one day a thief came and took it away. This is a story of despair and hope for families who are touched by the devastating effects of depression.

Vividly depict[s] a young boy's reaction to his father's depression... it's worth sharing this clever and heartfelt book with the kids in your life. Elise Moon (6) and Nick Moon (42), Kent - Single Step Magazine I would wholeheartedly recommend this; it is honest, compassionate and soothing. Playing by the Book Sensitive and touching... and one that parents, carers and teachers will find invaluable. Parents in Touch A hugely important book, expertly developed and written and something that would be a huge huge help for children struggling to understand the symptoms and the changes that depression can cause. Read It Daddy! What is important about Andrew and Polly Peters' work is it offers light at the end of the tunnel. Evening Echo (Cork)

Andrew Fusek Peters is an Anglo-Czech poet, storyteller, didgeridoo player, broadcaster, anthologist and author with an international reputation. He is the UK's tallest poet (6'8"!!) and has worked in thousands of schools, libraries, arts centres and literary festivals, giving lively performances and running workshops with all ages and abilities. 'An experienced and accomplished anthologist', according to the TES, Andrew has published more than 70 books and his poems appear in the Poetry Archive, set up by the Poet Laureate to record the best poets. Polly Peters is a former English and Drama teacher. She was previously Head of Drama at a sixth form college and currently works as a youth/community theatre leader, director and playwright.

General Fields

  • : 9780750280532
  • : Hachette
  • : Hachette
  • : April 2015
  • : 272mm X 251mm X 4mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andrew Fusek Peters
  • : Paperback
  • : Karin Littlewood
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 32