Welcome to the enchanting world of Antsy, where emotions run high, friendships are forged, and the excitement of discovery awaits on every page. Antsy books provide children with useful tools to recognize and to cope with their emotions, and to enhance their friendship skills. Antsy’s winter adventure tells about anger and upset.
It’s time for the friends to learn how to manage their feelings of upset and anger when frolicking in the snow. Snappy, known for her incredibly short fuse, has once again lost her cool. The little millipede, with a thousand or so shoes to put on, is struggling to cope in her frantic hurry to join the others who are already outside playing in the snow. And when an accidental mishap shatters the snow castle painstakingly built by the group, Antsy gets really angry. What follows is a spirited snowball fight as Antsy vents his frustration. But the intensity of the fight becomes overwhelming for the sensitive Dainty…
The four Antsy books follow friends with different temperaments as they have exciting and emotionally challenging adventures in all four seasons. The autumn story deals with fear and overcoming it, the wintry tale delves into anger and upset, in the springtime love and joy come to play, and in the summer a thrilling discovery on the beach deals with the feelings of trust and security.
Maaret Kallio and Susanna Ruuhilahti have lent their expertise in emotional development into the creation of these fun and effective stories that provide children with very useful tools as they encounter a spectrum of emotions and uncover the power of friendship. Julia Savtchenko’s rich, full-color illustrations exude warmth and the joy of childhood. Antsy’s Adventures are exciting and comforting stories which capture children’s emotional landscape with understanding and empathy.
’Emotional skills cannot be simply acquired through performance; instead, they are continually learned in everyday life. Stories can serve as powerful tools in this regard. With Antsy books, we don’t set out to teach about feelings, but rather, we rely on the power of storytelling. Stories can have a profound impact on individuals of all ages, as they connect with our inner selves in a way that mere knowledge or intellectual approaches cannot. Stories evoke emotions, trigger recognition of shared experiences, memories, and imagery, and ignite our imagination.’ — Maaret Kallio
English translation of Books 1 & 2, set in layout