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All Gardens Tell a Story: A story of mental illness through vegetables

Chanell Skye Mendez

Have you ever wondered what happens when a fairy garden comes to life? This magical picture book will take parents and children through an understanding of mental illness through vegetables. A young fairy farm girl tells the story of dealing with unexplained feelings that cannot always be seen from the outside. The fairy farm girl's garden comes to life as they attempt to encourage their friend, the squash, to see the brightness of the day. Could the young squash have unexplained feelings that others cannot see? The fairy farm girl, family, and friends join together to teach an essential lesson about emotions, mental illness, and the power for others to show compassion for an unseen disease; mental illness. The picture book helps children understand that it is okay to ask for help and to see a therapist in times of need. Need more adventures to learn from? Every book includes an emotion chart and worksheets to review as a family.

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Author Chanell Mendez, MSN, APRN, PMHNP - BC, hails from a small town just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has garnered much acclaim from her small business, Little Minds Resources, helping families and communities with mental health resources. Chanell is a current board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner
who started her work in the pediatric inpatient unit at The University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shops, Chanell spends most of her time in her garden, playing with her two dogs, traveling Michigan with her younger daughters and husband, or taking bike rides on local trails. A fitness fanatic, she gains happiness watching Western Michigan Bronco football with her family on Sunday afternoons.