BOGART The Sniffer Dog and The Feelings Detective is a new 41-page workbook aimed at improving self-esteem in children.
It has been written by an experienced child counsellor who is trying to raise awareness of it to parents and schools.
Randall Easton Wickham, 54, of Church Street, Braunston, has written the illustrated book for children aged seven to 11.
Originating from California, she has been a counsellor for 23 years, 16 of them at Rutland County College.
The book, which she has self-published and is available from the Amazon website, emphasises normalising and coping with feelings including sadness, ambivalence and anger.
The contents include exercises on anti-bullying, identifying strengths and goals and generally teaching children about themselves in a fun and creative way.
Randall has co-authored three other books in the US and one in the UK.
She is married to an Englishman, geologist Dr Stephen Wickham and they lived in Chicago before moving to Rutland 16 years ago.
“I love it here. I miss the Californian sun but I really love living here,” she says.
She has dual citizenship and visits the US on average once a year.
The couple have two daughters, both currently at university.
Randall runs her own private counselling practice from home and from the Barrowden surgery and she is also an artist a painting and printmaker.
She has also worked with children through play and art therapy during her time in Chicago and in Rutland she has been a volunteer in primary schools, at an after-school club in Uppingham and at Stocken Prison.
More details about the workbook are available at www.bogart.vpweb.co.uk