Note from the author, Szilvia Veber
When I worked in a refuge I saw children grieve the loss of their homes, toys, and friends in different ways. Some built houses out of Legos, but some children also asked me difficult questions, "What should I tell my classmates about why they can’t come to play in my house?" or "Why can’t I organise a birthday party? Then, as I sat in Covid quarantine, this little story was born 'NOT THE SAME'.The story is designed to help children cope with the loss of their home, toys and friends, which can be a very traumatic and upsetting event for a child. Ollie, the hero of the book, is a little turtle who gets caught in a tornado - a metaphor for the chaos children often experience when they have to leave their homes behind. He finds himself in another neighbourhood, where he eventually finds a new home and new friends. Since stories are such a large part of childhood, and children usually have very vivid and creative imaginations, I hoped that the children would identify with the story and become engrossed in the therapeutic metaphors developed specifically for them. In this way, the story could help solve interpersonal problems and promote children's mental health.