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Baby Dolls & Ninja Swords: 6 True Tales of Play Therapy by Zoe Cardez is a powerful book by a career clinical social worker, a book that uses play therapy to uncover deep truths about the world of children, and allows adults to understand where they come from. In this book, readers are introduced to the dramatic stories of several children, including five-year-old Alice who couldn’t lose her vibrancy after going through several tragic experiences, Marco who at six has endured a lot of physical suffering, Penny and the troubles she faced in her seemingly perfect family, and others. Readers meet strong characters and, as they explore their world, they are faced with the same disturbing and pressing questions: what does it feel like to be a child and how does what happens to us as children affect who we are and how we look at life?
Here is a book that allows readers to reconnect with the child they once were, a book that inspires and that invites grownups to remember what it felt like to be small. The “magic glasses” and the play therapy permit readers to understand what little children feel. It’s a work of great imagination and I loved that the stories shared are real-life stories. Zoe Cardez writes with great insight, wisdom, and compassion, using a language that speaks straight to the hearts of her readers. Baby Dolls & Ninja Swords: 6 True Tales of Play Therapy is a gift, a powerful tool for adults, and a tool that allows them to appreciate the reality of childhood. It is filled with a lot of interesting facts.