The storybook portrays a boy named Casey coping while his mentally ill, drug-using mother is hospitalised. Casey and his little brother James are staying with a foster family. Casey struggles to sleep, anxious about visiting his mum in hospital tomorrow. His foster mum Sarah validates Casey’s feelings and suggests speaking to his caseworker Jenny. Casey then dreams he is flying like a bird with James. They soar above the hospital and see their mum looking better. The next day at the hospital, Jenny listens to Casey’s worries. When they visit his mum in the courtyard, although still sad, she seems improved. Casey feels more hopeful, envisioning himself and James as free-flying birds.
The vibrant illustrations and empathetic characters promote discussions around mental illness, addiction and foster care. Overall, it is a sensitive resource validating children’s emotions during parental illness.
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