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I posted about this book as a resource, but hadn’t yet received the copy I ordered to actually read.  I’ve now had a chance to look through it and form some opinions.

On first flip through, I was sort of surprised how wordy it was.  Once I read it, it wasn’t too overwhelming, but it definitely is more of an elementary level book than something you’d read with young kids.  I’d been hoping to read it with my nephew at some point, but he’s too young right now to even sit through it.

The pictures are bright & colorful, although I sometimes had a hard time distinguishing the dragon that pulled because there wasn’t a lot of differentiation in texture or coloring in the illustrations.  It’s a piddly thing, but we all seem to feel like we stick out so much, that I almost think it would work better as an education tool & something to empathize with, if the pictures were more obvious. (I’m thinking educational as in trying to share this book with a classroom of kids, one of whom has Trich and wants to tell peers what she’s going through.)

I was also disappointed that the story didn’t focus more on the inner feelings of the puller.  It definitely was a story for the sake of being a story, and the heroine was able to save everyone because she was a puller.  It is great & uplifting, but wasn’t what I thought I’d be getting in this book.  I guess I wanted more emotional meat that kids could learn to relate to and empathize with.  It sort of glossed over just how painful this disorder can be (emotionally) sometimes.

It probably sounds like I’m bashing this book, and that isn’t my intention.  I’m glad there’s a book like this out there.  It just wasn’t what I expected when I ordered it (especially for what I paid–double to get it through my local independent bookseller rather than Amazon).  If you have a pulling child who needs a boost in self-esteem, this is a good fit.  If you’re trying to educate other kids about this disorder, ones who don’t have Trich, then it could open a discussion, but may not answer many questions up front.

Please email or comment if you have any further questions!

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I just posted the following in a thread on Facebook’s group Trichsters. (If you’re a puller and haven’t joined, do a search & ask to join the group. It is closed & totally private.) It is sort of like an online support group, but with a diverse group of pullers. It’d be a great group for research studies if there was a good way to work online. Anyway… This is what I posted & I think it is my overall philosophy of things right now. I’m pulling a lot. It stinks, but it’s okay.
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I think what is truly important for anyone with trich is to seek out answers, over the years, whenever you find new resources and you feel like you want to make some forward motion. However, if you’re in a place emotionally or financially, that you just aren’t ready/able to “tackle” the trich, giving yourself the grace & freedom to just live with trich rather than letting the trich live your life for you.

We don’t understand this disorder yet, and may never. It seems to be very different for every puller (sort of like the autism spectrum…no two people with autism are the same, because we’re people first). So, you have to use the resources you have at hand, which include the ones inside of you, and just do the best you can to live a pleasant life.

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