How Hattie Hated Kindness

(A story for children locked in rage or hate)

Hattie lives by herself on an island. She likes anything hard and spiky. Lots of people try to bring kindness to Hattie, but each time she is horrid to them, smashing and spoiling everything they try to do for her. So after a while they all stop coming to the island. Hattie is very alone. So she sits by the water's edge and tries to figure out why she hates love and loves hate. She thinks it must be because she is a bad girl.

But the lapping water-over-her-toes helps Hattie to understand that because she's been a very sad and frightened little girl in a too hard world, she had to become hard too, so that the awful pain would go away. The lapping-water-over-her-toes helps Hattie to make the shift from cruel to kind. In the end, Hattie builds a bridge to the warm and cosy world across the water.

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Additional Info

  • Publisher: Speechmark Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (17 Jan 2001)
  • ISBN-10:: 0863884970
  • ISBN-13:: 978-0863884979
Margot Sunderland

Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine, and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience of working with children and families. She is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries.  Her internationally acclaimed book, “The Science of Parenting” (Dorling Kindersley) www.dorlingkindersley.co.uk, won First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards 2007 Popular Medicine section. (Paperback version entitled “What Every Parent Needs to Know”). The book, endorsed by one of the world’s leading affective neuroscientists, Professor Jaak Panksepp, is the result of ten years research on the long-term effects of adult-child interaction on the developing brain. Dr Sunderland has two doctorates, one in child psychotherapy, thesis entitled “The Application of Art and Science to the Psychological Treatment of Children.” Read More

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