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The Princess and the Fog: A Story for Children with Depression

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Once upon a time there was a Princess. She had everything a little girl could ever want, and she was happy. That is, until the fog came...

The Princess and the Fog is picture book to help sufferers of depression aged 5-7 cope with their difficult feelings. It uses vibrant illustrations, a sense of humour and metaphor to create a relatable, enjoyable story that describes the
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 21st 2015 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Theresa
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As an adult that's lived with depression since I was very young, I can say with confidence that this is by far one of the most accurate descriptions of depression and how to deal with it that I've ever read. It covers how gradually a bad bout sets in ("So slowly that nobody really noticed at first.") and side effects such as not being able to do the things that are usually enjoyable. However, my favorite part was when the princess finally figures out how to talk about the fog and her parents tak ...more
Hilary
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It begins, as do many good stories: "Once upon a time, there was a Princess." This Princess was happy, loved, and content... until the fog came.

This is a great book for promoting understanding and for explaining depression in a way that children can relate. It shows parents - and teachers - things to watch out for, and will encourage children to talk about their feelings without judgement or fear of being thought silly.

The story is followed by a short guide for parents and carers which tells the
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kindergarten-3rd grade
It is reassuring to know that picture books about tough issues can be done and done well. The Princess (never named, a subtle writing technique to be more inclusive) had everything a little girl would want until the fog came. Nobody noticed the fog until the Princess was completely surrounded by it. Her parents tried to make her feel better but they didn't know how, trying over and over again to make her happy--until a friend asked the Princess if she wanted to talk. At first reluctant, the Prin ...more
Laine
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
the most useful book i've seen thus far for children to clearly explain what depression is like. a+
Demi
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Talking about feelings and emotions with children is hard, sometimes. If children aren't sure where their feelings come from (and with depression, it's impossible to tell) there's no easy way to help. There are books upon books to help children deal with simple emotions like anger or grief, but nothing like this. The Princess and the Fog casts no judgment on children (or adults!) with depression--it simply provides some manageable advice to help a child climb out, and it does so beautifully.
Rosie
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant.
Jasmine
Very simple, very excellent explanation of depression, its causes or lack thereof, and what can help to make it better. I don't think I've seen a better description that doesn't use sarcastic gifs.
Amanda Heck
I just received this book to have in my collection and to use in a lesson plan. I just finished it, and I cannot describe the deep love I already have for this beautiful book. The story, the words, the plot, the pictures, and the little explanation on how to use this book to open up discussion for parents and children were all amazing and spot-on. This book is incredibly clever - it opens up opportunities to ask questions as it is being read (Example: What is a "druid?" By looking at the picture ...more
Ashley
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I used this book as a read aloud in an elementary classroom and it was spectacular. ALL kids can relate to this book. It really helped the kids to visualize problem solving (the fog being the problem). For example, the King and Queen were desperately trying to help the Princess but they were shown in the illustrations trying to erase the problem, blow it away (blowing over), and buying her presents. As a society, we DO try to fix our problems this way. Students were able to see that this method ...more
Lizzie
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The princess has her perfect life: riding her ponies, reading books, and playing with her friends. One day, small clouds start to circle her head, so slowly that no one notices at first. The fog becomes dark and dense. Nothing that anyone does can seem to make the fog go away. The princess learns that by talking about her feelings the fog begins to go away – the more she talks, the more the fog goes away. The theme of this book is acceptance of differences and problem solving. I like this book, ...more
Brittany
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
When you see the word "princess" in a book title you immediately think maidens, knights, dragons, castles, etc. However, do not be deceived by this one. *Take a look at that title/subtitle one more time.* Do not check this one out from your local library for your "little princess" unless she suffers from depression or just wants to be sad the majority of the book. I understand that this book was made to serve a purpose and I appreciate that. Most authors would not tackle something like depressio ...more
Donna Mork
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book for dealing with depression, written so children can understand it. A princess gets a "fog" and doesn't want to play or do anything. She feels sad all the time and alone. She discovers talking to others about her "fog" helps some of it go away and makes her feel less lonely. She sets goals for herself each day and that helps. The fog never goes away completely but now she knows how to deal with it. Also contains back matter about moods and depression.
Aliesha
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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molliekay
An age appropriate book for discussing depression with children. It covers a variety of ways depression affects her family and friends and different methods of treatment. The princess is never made to feel ashamed for the way she feels and is accepted for who she is. The author included ways to talk to children about depression and how it might affect them.
Miss Ryoko
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
When I checked this book out from the library, I didn't realize it was a story about child depression. It's great to see a book like this exists for kids and parents alike. I always appreciate things like this
Becky Carleton
My daughter has been diagnosed with clinical depression. I can't emphasize what a relief it is to find a book like this. The story is easily accessible for kids and their caregivers. Helps to better understand what it feels like to live with depression. Highly recommended.
Heather Jo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Shahd Rdawi
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just wished I’ve read it 19years ago !!
Bruce Gargoyle
3.5 stars

Ten Second Synopsis:
The princess is perfectly happy with her life and then one day...she isn't. Can she get rid of the fog and learn to be happy again?

Essentially in this tale, the princess has a normal, princessy life of happiness, until one day she doesn’t. There’s no reason why she shouldn’t be as happy as she was before. Nothing has particularly changed. But she doesn’t feel like doing the things she used to enjoy. She doesn’t feel like playing with her friends like she used to. Gen
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Sharon Tyler
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Princess and the Fog: A Story for Children with Depression by Lloyd Jones is a helpful picturebook for readers of all ages. Once upon a time there was a Princess. She had everything a little girl could ever want, and she was happy. That is, until the fog came. It came slowly and unnoticed, but as it built it changed the princess. Soon she did not want to do her favorite things, or anything really. A persistent friend offered to listen, and soon the princess was able to share with others abou ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Princess and the Fog: A Story for Children with Depression by Lloyd Jones is a helpful picture book for readers of all ages. It begins: "Once upon a time, there was a Princess." This Princess was happy, loved, and content... until the fog came. Soon she did not want to do her favorite things, or anything really. A persistent friend offered to listen, and soon the princess was able to share with others about the presence of the fog and how it made her feel. She went to the `doctor`who whipped ...more
Mpur Chan
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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"Once upon a time, there was a Princess." This Princess was happy, loved, and content... until the fog came."


There was a Princess. She had everything a little girl could ever want, and she was happy. Until the fog came... This fog is not an ordinary fog. It's dangerous because it attacks the princess' mind. It really can feel like a heavy fog that takes the joy out of things we once loved. Surrounded by the fog, the princess loses her interests in everything she loved before. She also doesn't wa
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Jo
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: schools and counsellors
Recommended to Jo by: Netgalley
Any good book that opens up about mental health, particularly child mental health, and brings it into the public eye is a five star hit in my opinion, and this is one of the first examples of its kind that I have come across!
I am very familiar with childhood depression (not to be confused with periods of low mood which are perfectly normal)having lived with it myself from as young as 11, and having very close contact currently with four children under 16 who also live with depression and receiv
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Rana G.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Princess and the Fog: A Story for Children with Depression
Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date: Jun 21, 2015
Page count: 48
Genre: health, mental illness, depression, fairytale, picture book, children's
Source: NetGalley
Format: e-ARCt
Rating: loved it, a must for every child
Cover: 9\10
Review: on Goodreads

The princess and the Frog is a significant story that handles a necessary matter. It tells a story of a young princess and how the "fog" overcomes her. With
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Kelsey
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Age: Kindergarten-3rd grade
Tough Issue: depression

It is reassuring to know that picture books about tough issues can be done and done well. The Princess (never named, a subtle writing technique to be inclusive) had everything a little girl could want until the fog came. Nobody noticed the fog until the Princess was completely surrounded by it. Her parents tried to make her feel better but they didn't know how, trying over and over again to make her happy--until a friend asked the Princess if she
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Mayra
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, net-galley
The Princess and the Fog, subtitled A story for children with depression, reads like any picture book. A princess has friends, loves to play, read books, go to school, and just be a princess. Suddenly there is a fog that slowly overcomes her and threatens everything she does and enjoys. Is this an evil curse from a witch? Will she defeat the fog? Can anyone save the princess? Read and find out how storybook and real-life ‘evils’ can be defeated little by little with the help of those close to yo ...more
Connie
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The main character is a princess who finds that depression (the fog) has taken over her life. She is unhappy and doesn't want to do any of the things she previously enjoyed. One day, a friend stops by and tries to get her to join in the fun things they used to do. She doesn't want to. Finally, he asks if she'd like to talk. At first she isn't sure, but after opening up to her friend she starts talking to everyone. She learns that she isn't the only person who ever went through this, and that a ...more
Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
This book is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and those in the field of child psychology. It's often difficult for children to conceptualize mental illness, and "the fog" is a perfect way to talk to a child about depression without the (often stigmatizing) label. Books are such a wonderful way to start conversations with our children, and this one makes that conversation much more accessible for young children. I would recommend this to all families who deal with depression-- whether ...more
Darcie Saunier
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is an excellent Children's book to explain what depression feels like. I (and I'm sure many others) could completely identify with the princess who has everything and should be very happy but just isn't. It's not because she's not thankful or not appreciative or not grateful for everything in her life. Depression is a condition that robs you of your happiness through no fault of your own. The book is obviously written for children, but it would be very helpful for an adult as well as it is ...more
Tanja
A helpful resource in starting conversations with children suffering from depression or generally experiencing a period of low mood. Children will find it easy to identify with the Princess, who suddenly does not enjoy doing anything anymore, feeling lost and alone. They will find comfort in knowing they are not alone and in discovering various strategies in dealing with such situations. A guide for parents and carers at the end of the book provides valuable background information as well as str ...more
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Lloyd Jones is an illustrator, artist and designer from the South of England. He was born in 1987 and will probably die at some point. Common themes in his written and visual work include depression, colour, humour and video games. Lloyd's first non-self-published-and-stapled-together-in-a-spare-room actual book, The Princess And The Fog, is a children's book to help young readers live with depres ...more