Cornelia Maude Spelman

Cornelia Maude Spelman is a writer, artist, and clinical social worker who writes about taking care of emotions and relationships in the lives of children and families

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Welcome to My Chinese Readers

Posted on May 24 by

  亲爱的中文读者和家长朋友,欢迎您 阅读我的儿童书籍!希望我的故事书对您和您的孩子都有帮助,并衷心祝愿您和您的家人身体健康,万事如意,阖家幸福! 親愛的中文讀者和家長朋友,歡迎您 閱讀我的兒童書籍!希望我的故事書對您和您的孩子都有幫助,並衷心祝願您和您的家人身體健康,萬事如意,闔家幸福! Hello and welcome to my Chinese readers!  I hope that my books are helpful to you and your children.  I cannot speak or read Chinese but my friend has written these words for me so that can I can wish you health, happiness, and a loving relationship with your child.   亲爱的中文读者和家长朋友,欢迎您 阅读我的儿童书籍!希望我的故事书对您和您的孩子都有帮助,并衷心祝愿您和您的家人身体健康,万事如意,阖家幸福! 親愛的中文讀者和家長朋友,歡迎您 閱讀我的兒童書籍!希望我的故事書對您和您的孩子都有幫助,並衷心祝願您和您的家人身體健康,萬事如意,闔家幸福!    ...


My Mother, Myself

Posted on May 23 by

I’ve just finished reading the fascinating and brilliant graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? in which she weaves her story of coming to understand, through her own reading, her own writing and art, and her own therapy, the particularity of her relationship with her own mother and all the deep ways in which she has been formed and continued to be affected by it.  [Note: this is not a book for children.  Mature content.] Her therapist tells Bechdel–offering, by this observation, a ladder out of the despair Bechdel experiences because of her mother’s inability to see and validate her–that she is “adorable.” Every child, is, at birth, but, sadly, many of us may never have felt or believed that we are. Bechdel’s courage, honesty, intelligence, and generosity help her on her painful and painstaking journey to understand the ways in which she was wounded, and in which her mother, too, had been wounded. And Bechdel reclaims her own life by recognizing there are other ways to be and to experience; by seeing new choices for herself....


Cleveland Children’s Museum Opens Exhibit Based on The Way I Feel Books

Posted on Sep 24 by

The Cleveland Children’s Museum exhibit opens! The Cleveland Children’s Museum has opened its interactive exhibit about recognizing and managing emotion, based on “The Way I Feel” books. There are exhibits for each book in the series, dealing with anger, sadness, jealousy, missing someone, caring for others, feeling good about oneself, feeling scared, and the newest addition, worry. At the opening, children enjoyed the cozy display corners and their play activities related to each emotion. The exhibit will be at the museum until December 4th, and will then return in April, 2014, until June...


New! When I Feel Worried Added to Series

Posted on Sep 5 by

The eighth book in Cornelia’s “The Way I Feel” series, When I Feel Worried,  has been released. Everybody worries.  Children worry too, in new or confusing situations, or when someone is upset with them.  This addition to “The Way I Feel” series uses reassuring words and warm illustrations of animals to address a child’s anxieties and show her/him ways to help him/her feel better. Especially relevant in this time of twenty-four hour news and upsetting events. “The charming illustrations extend the text by creating a believable setting for each sort of worry…this amusing but satisfying story will ease the worries of a nervous child or help more confident children to be more empathetic to the needs of a worried friend.” Kirkus...


Oliver Twist

Posted on Aug 19 by

I recently watched the 1948 movie version of “Oliver Twist.”  Oliver is an orphan, raised in an English workhouse which, essentially, requires slavery for food and shelter; then Oliver is sold, at about eight years old, to an undertaker as an apprentice, where he is also treated cruelly. He runs away and gets taken up by a gang of street boys bossed by the unsavory adult criminal Fagin, who teaches the boys to thieve.  Then, because Oliver gets hit in the face (by an adult) and mistakenly gets arres ted, he comes to the attention of a caring gentleman, wo takes him to his home where Oliver is attended by a loving old woman housekeeper. When Oliver awakens from his injury-induced stupor, in a clean, soft, bed, with the kind old woman attending to him, he suddenly throws his arms around her.  What  a profound relief it is, to the viewer, to see someone finally demonstrating empathy! In real life, a child mistreated as was Oliver might not be able to respond to kindness.  I recall the child I...