A picture book for grown-ups about self, identity, and our true names.
Many years ago, when children loved to hear fairy stories and parents loved to read them, cautionary tales were used to teach us about choices and consequences. These most beloved fables brought to life long-known sage and moral life lessons. It’s in the tradition of these folk tales of old we learn the story of Small and Pure.
Small and Pure is little girl; a symbol of our most pure, untainted self. She grows up as all of us do, adapting to the world around her, subject to the expectations and conventions of those who keep her safe and into whose care she is entrusted. But something tragic happens to Small and Pure. She comes to us now with a sobering message, one she hopes we will learn before it’s too late.
The story of Small and Pure encourages us to seek and hold onto our most authentic truths, lest we become burdened with identities that disguise, bury and eventually cause our very essence to disappear, perhaps forever.
Small and Pure – A Cautionary Tale is suitable for all ages.
What people say about Small and Pure
“In my work as a counsellor, I find the resources people find most helpful are not the thick, wordy text books outlining the latest research on mental health or relationships, but simple books with few words and many pictures. Jo Hilder’s latest work Small and Pure: A Cautionary Tale fits neatly into this category… a simple story threaded through pages of beautiful artwork and imagery, with a theme that reaches into the soul of the adult reader. ”
Matt Glover – Childrens author and illustrator, counsellor
MGA Counselling Services
“I honestly think that every woman needs to read this book, and be inspired to seek her authentic truth. Imagine the collective power of us all embracing the pure joy to be found at our very core.”
The Art Of Joy Blog
“Small and Pure unlocks our most guarded secrets and opens the door to self-reflection. Through the words of this tiny girl, Jo Hilder describes a journey that will stir the heart of every reader; evoking a response that lingers as the cautionary tale it is designed to be. An ideal resource for discussion groups, personal meditation or a unique gift.”
Georgia Thomas – Childrens author and illustrator
Author Kevin the Yabby series for children, Kayzar
“I can’t stop thinking about Small and Pure, she has taken up residency in my heart, and she will find a place in your heart too.”
Lucy Ellis – Hypnotherapist and facilitator of Love Yourself Sick Workshops
Lucy Ellis Hypnotherapy
“The importance of observing and understanding the needs of the pure inner child, and the many nuances of the authentic journey of the soul within flows throughout this perceptive tale. Readers will relate with many ‘aha’ moments to the sweet innocence of the child being swamped by the expectations of those in the environment she was born into, and her need to conform in order to achieve a semblance of love, security, and acceptance. Jo’s quirky illustrations and imaginative photography add extra poignancy to her wisdom and unique style in writing about the price paid when we’re confined by the influences of the outer world”
Cedar Rivers – Life Director, Spiritual Guide and Psychic Counsellor
Clarity for Life Training