Cathy Domoney Empowering Children's Author and Mentor...
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Starting Important Conversations...
The Magic Is Inside You
Positive Thinking For Confident Kids.
Written by Cathy Domoney
Illustrations by Karen Davis
Madeleine has two secret friends, Maddy and Midge. Maddy’s happy messages make Madeleine feel tall, strong and full of confidence. Midge however, fills Madeleine with worries, troubles and doubt and makes her feel small, scared and alone. Madeleine has found the magic spell so that Maddy’s voice will be all she will hear and Midge will disappear like the ‘Pop’ of a bubble. Madeleine has the power to decide whether to be happy or sad. The question is, what will she decide? Madeleine, Maddy & Midge contains a powerful message of self esteem and confidence for children. It is more than just a story book, it is a literary friend. Complete with parent and teacher activities The Magic Is Inside You is a valuable resource tool.
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Reader Reviews For 'The Magic Is Inside You:
My wife bought your book for our youngest daughter and I have to say after reading it myself.
This is the best book we have ever read to any of our children.
This should be a fundamental read for all school children.
It resonates so true with myself too.
I had an acute brain hemorrhage in 2010 which led to a stroke, paralysis and brain surgery.
In my recovery I had those voices telling me how useless I was. It got so bad I nearly lost everything.
Now nearly 9 years later I have rebuilt my life just like as you state in the book, primarily through conscious control of my inner voice.
What a truly amazing book. We will continue to read it to our daughter and pass on to others what a great read it is.
If we can get our children to be truthful to themselves, to believe, to work hard, do what THEY love to do, respect self and others maybe we can change a generation.
What fires together, wires together.
Have an amazing day Cathy. Best Regards, Phil W.
A powerful story of a much needed message.
The author Cathy Domoney has shared such a great, powerful and much needed message for kids who deal with lack of self confidence. The characters are brought to life in this beautifully illustrated book. Cathy has done a phenomenal job dulling and drowning the negative voices children dialogue internally and bringing up the positive voices that requires encouragement and praise.
This book is an easy and comprehensible read for children. The activities and suggestions Cathy has offered at the end of the book for adults to help children improve their self esteem is invaluable. Anita O.
Just as the title suggests, this lovely book explores the theme of self-talk - the good or the bad voice (or our private evaluation of our own performance) which goes on inside our minds. This story gives the main character, Madaleine the opportunity to choose between either one or the other, with the encouragement and support of her mother. The book's richly illustrated pictures and subtle story-telling melded perfectly to make a charming story of how to listen to the right voice. It's the sort of book too, that you'd want to pick up and re-read over and over. Gayle dos Anjos.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story to my daughter. It's hard to find stories that are both, clever, beautiful, engaging and psychologically informed. Clearly the author is multitalented at bringing all of these elements together. I'll enjoy reading this one for many years to come! Meditate Create.
This book is amazing!! I read it to my daughter who was having separation issues and was scared of being away from me. I was able to use this book by relating it to her specific situation to help her cope with this. The message within this book can be used as a guide to help parents empower their children, and help them cope with many different situations or concerns. Jackie.
I love this book, it has helped my children understand positive self talk and also helped myself and my husband to praise the positives more often, I’ve met so many young people who would benefit from this lovely story. And the pictures are so gorgeous. Thank you. Megan M
I love this book. The illustrations are beautiful and clever explaining different negative and positive moods to children encouraging positive thinking. This book is a great gift for any occasion. Amazon Customer.
This is a lovely short story that can be read together with a young child as a starting point for a conversation around confidence, self esteem and a healthy mindset. The illustrations are beautiful and create a book which is well suited to sharing with my youngest, age 7. The message is a positive one, which even adults could do with remembering! The techniques and tips at the end of the book are interesting and I can see that these would be used widely, both my parents and in schools, and perhaps also with a wider age range of children.
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. Young people will easily relate to the main character and I am sure many will feel utter relief as they discover that other people also feel the way that they do. It is a both a wonderful stand alone story and also a powerful tool to use to help with self esteem and confidence building in young people. It is a superb introduction for children to start to understand that they are in control of their thoughts and emotions. This realization is incredibly empowering for the reader and along with Maddy, they will discover that the magic is also inside them. Amazon Customer.
This is a wonderful story by Cathy Domoney about helping a child shape a view of themselves, so they become more positive and confident. The illustrations by Karen Davis also bring the book to life. Kelly Mahoney.
I have never come across such a powerful children's book. I have a 5 year old daughter so we have read hundreds of books at this point. I have to admit I was surprised when I first read about Midge, as it's rather an uncommon character in children's books and this helped me start an open conversation with my daughter about her own thoughts and feelings. This book was eye opening and is a must read for all parents and kids as it brings awareness on a sensitive topic that is very real yet never addressed or directly discussed with children. We aim to build strong and confident children without giving them the actual tools to deal with self doubt and low self esteem. This subject resonates with me so strongly. So thankful you for this beautiful piece! Coralie Ah.
What a great book for children to read alone or better yet for parents to read with them. We all have had those thoughts of what to do and had conflicting moments of which way to go. This book helps children to understand it is okay to have these different thoughts, it is normal and part of who we are. But it goes farther to let kids know they are the ones in control and they can make the right choices in their lives. Parents can also help their children understand, reinforce, and feel good about their choices. Cheryl.
Here is an uplifting children's book with delightful illustrations and a message to listen to our positive inner voices over the negative inner voices. "The magic is within you," is a message that bears repeating for children to remember that they have the power (magic) in their lives to make choices as to which messages to believe. The author provides many suggestions for adults at the end of the book to help children build confidence. Nina Paul.
Delightful, insightful and completely charming, The Magic is Inside You is a family primer to share the core values that will grow with your child. The wonderful illustrations convey the feelings that stir a child, and the message reminds us all that all we need and all we can share is indeed inside us all. This is a must have book! Michael.
This book provides children (and parents) with tools to focus on the positives and block out the negatives. It's such a wonderful, empowering feeling to see our kids develop confidence, and this book helps us all realize that confidence is inside all of us. Chris.
What a sweet book!!!! I am a big believer in teaching positive self talk! it is so important! the illustrations are beautiful and the story is just so heartfelt, so important for young girls.
The Magic is Inside You is a wonderful children's book which uncovers the truth about the little "companions" we all have inside us and gives wonderful advice for overcoming your inner critic, explaining what that is to children and giving them the tools to overcome it. The suggested exercises at the end of the book are particularly useful. The illustrations are gorgeous works of art on their own that definitely aid the story. SMB
This is a great book to encourage children from an early age on that they always have the choice to have a positive outlook and impact in life. A nice story with a great lesson and cute illustrations. A must-read for parents raising confident and happy children! Susan B
An inspirational story which all children should read. Though it isn't age restricted as all people, young to old need a bit of a lift somedays and upon reading this story would surely feel more positive. Great school resource too-recommend it be used as a lesson plan in all schools and will definitely be recommending it to all my teacher friends. Kindle Customer.
A beautifully written & illustrated children's book! And so much more... the message throughout the book that continues in the suggested activities at the end, is one of promoting self-confidence and nurturing self-worth. It opens the dialogue between a parent/care giver & their child to address self-esteem issues & offers practical ways to overcome them. This is such an important thing for children to learn as early as possible and this book does a great job of speaking in a language that is understandable and relatable for children. I believe so many families could benefit from this book. Belinda Felstead
This book is simply brilliant!
The message is clear and well delivered and the illustrations are beautiful.
As a parent , I found the notes and advice from the author extremely helpful and encouraging. Kate S.
So relevant for older girls. Illustrates and normalizes typical thinking which is great! Loved the helpful ideas in the back for connecting in with my girls. Eve.
'The magic is inside you' is a story children of all ages from toddlers to teens can relate to & draw inspiration from. A story that can be read again & again.
What really makes this book stand out though is after the story ends the author has included a vast range of ideas & ways to support & encourage children with some excellent information & suggestions, which will help build on from the story.
This is not a book to just read & put back on the shelf, it really does encourage everyone who reads it to find the happiness & confidence within themselves & people around them.
A story beautifully illustrated and beautifully told. We all need to be reminded that the magic is within us, and it is especially important for children to grasp this empowering concept. Not only does the book make it easy for children to understand the idea of positive and affirming self-thought, but the author has also included many activities for parents and care-givers to enhance and expand the learning experience. A must see for any child. Joy RS.
A wonderful self esteem tool
I loved this book. It’s easy for a child—or even adults for that matter—to listen to the negative voices in their head. In this book the author shows how we can tune our thoughts to agree or disagree with those positive and negative voices. I feel this book has something for everyone. Children and adults will learn how to make life a little sunnier for themselves and everyone else too. Miranda.
Kudos to the author for writing such an empowering book for children! My 8 year old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The character has to wrestle with the negative and positive voices in her head (like we all do), so the story is relatable and I love the message she shares: trusting in yourself is the only way to find your true voice. I also appreciate that this book is real and lets the reader know that we all will always have that negative voice, but it is our choice if we want to listen to it or not. The illustrations are magical and creative and I am hoping the author writes more inspirational books like this for kids! The book also includes several activities and discussions to engage with your children which is so helpful. Great work Cathy Domoney! :) Slee.
Domoney's book is both a wonderfully inspirational story and also a practical guide for working with the children in your life to build confidence and self-esteem. I love how she introduces the idea that we have different "parts," and we have a choice which parts we will pay attention to. The back of the book is full of activities and discussion questions that help make the message of the book practical and impactful. Highly recommended! D Ronk.
A story beautifully illustrated and beautifully told. We all need to be reminded that the magic is within us, and it is especially important for children to grasp this empowering concept. Not only does the book make it easy for children to understand the idea of positive and affirming self-thought, but the author has also included many activities for parents and care-givers to enhance and expand the learning experience. Joy.
Maddie and Midge, the manifestation of the 'Yetzer HaTov' and 'Yetzer HaRah'-the godly inclination and the evil inclination. A powerful story illustrating how the child's joy-voice can win over the fear-voice when understanding how positive self-talk leads to changed mindset and consciousness. The Magic Is Inside You offers children-and the inner-child in every adult-a simple construct to empower Happy. Susan L Axelrod.
I loved this book. It’s easy for a child—or even adults for that matter—to listen to the negative voices in their head. In this book the author shows how we can tune our thoughts to agree or disagree with those positive and negative voices. I feel this book has something for everyone. Children and adults will learn how to make life a little sunnier for themselves and everyone else too. MJC.
This is a beautifully illustrated book that is perfect for opening up communication with kids on the power of their words and thoughts. The story is told in an empowering format that gives children the power to stand up to the negative thoughts that attack them. I love how the illustrator wove the words into the artwork in a way that flowed effortlessly with the story. A well done book in all aspects! Happy Mama.
A beautifully written and empowering little gem of a book with illustrations I want to just eat up!
The message is so important to share that I hope this beautiful book travels far and wide.
The bonus section at the back for teachers and parents empowers one to change a child's life for the better, one kid at a time.
The world is a better place because of this little gem. Lou.
This is a wonderful book, as not only did I enjoy the story, but the activities in the back of the guide are invaluable. This is definitely one of those books the parent needs to read with their child, and if your child has self-esteem issues then it is imperative to go through the activities. Doing so will help your children to overcome negative feelings, remind them of their strengths, and overall help them achieve their goals by believing in themselves. JT
I am in love with that book! As a Women and Girls Empowerment Movement Creator and life coach, I couldn't be more happy to see books like that. Our children need the engagement, encouragement, and reminder that they are amazingly talented and can fulfill whatever they dream about. I am so in love with this book!!!!! More more Cathy!!! Izabela Chrobak
Perfect for all parents to read with their children. All kids at times struggle to find their confidence and beat back the negative inner voice, this book is a great read to help kids understand how to build their confidence. The activities that accompany the story are also very wonderful. I would recommend to any parent with young children. Vivian.
What a great read aloud material for your youngsters! The word, "magic" attracts children at once. I would love to have copies for my teacher colleagues! Claire E Hallinan
Every child is precious and unique-and so is this book!
A little girl, Madeleine, is struggling with some negative thoughts until she learns a simple strategy to become the happy girl she used to be. This books has sweet illustrations and some fantastic further suggestions from the author for parents, caregivers and teachers, to teach and encourage the power of positive thinking. Malcolm Garcia.
Such a well written book giving both children, parents and children tools to help recognize, express and deal with self expression and emotions. Extremely easy for children and at the same time in-depth for adults, highly recommend this book for children and adults. Jacqueline Akers.
Cathy's book is a gift to parents and young people. I love the creative and artistic way that the inner voices we all are presented to children. I have three little girls, and we discussed the topics of this book for a family night. My children were able to understand the concepts and learn that they have the power to choose positive, empowering thoughts.Thank you for your hard work, Cathy! Lucy Jo Bowman.
This book is beautifully written and illustrated with a positive message for all ages.
My family loves it. Peter and Chantal Jong.
This is a great book and is significant for three reasons:
1) It is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations, that children (and adults) can relate to and understand. Even my 15 year old who is keen to look forward to adulthood thought it was a worthwhile read.
2) Cathy Domoney has used simple therapeutic devices to help children build their ability to solve their own issues when they feel that their internal negative voice is getting the upper hand. The story can also be used as a great anchor for parents to subtly remind their children if they forget. As a trained Narrative Psychologist, I work in similar ways with adults.
3) Finally, Ms Domoney has given parents a wealth of great strategies at the rear of the book to help reinforce confidence, self-esteem, and self-reliance in children. These internalised concepts empower children to live happy and productive lives and empower parents by knowing they are contributing to their child's well being with simple steps.
I thoroughly recommend this book as a great story and as a positive tool in kids' lives. Amazon Customer.
What a wonderful book to read with your children. This book gives the readers young and old so many ideas & practical thoughts on how to deal with they way we feel inside. It gives children some beautiful words to use to describe how they feel enabling them to explain their inner voice to those they need to share it with.
Would recommend this book to any parent, grand parent or teacher such a gorgeous book.
A. L. Dick.
Beautifully written with gorgeous illustrations. This wonderful book covers difficult topics that all children will face at some point. It enables you as a parent to open up a dialogue with your little ones and work together through any struggles that they may have encountered regarding bullying. Well done Mrs Domoney 😊 Starfish.
This book is amazing it makes you feel confident and let's you know your friends and family are there for you and that's you say shush to the bad thought and listen to the good ones. Anne Fisher.
Cathartic and so perfect! I had the pleasure of properly growing up with the author of this book! She is my sister and one of the cleverest people I will ever know. This book showcases her intelligence and knowledge of the psychology of children. Children don’t always tell you what they are thinking; as an adult reading this you know what questions to ask. My children are bonkers but I will read this to them so they understand inner health. Kelly P.
A well thought out creative masterpiece .Would highly recommend this positive powerful story accompanied by beautiful eye catching illustrations.Hints and tips were an added bonus what a wonderful idea to promote positivity though this magical story we loved it and found it a truly inspirational tool to implement within school settings as well as at home .would love to read more from this talented author. Marilyn Clark.
As a parent and educator this book is a must have, particularly when children are having difficulties at separating themselves from their negative thoughts. The exerts at the end are a great bonus and can be easily implement! Cat.
A charming book with a very powerful message. This book is an invaluable tool to help children with confidence issues. The book is beautifully written and well illustrated. It is a gem and a useful aid for parents. Sharon Bartlett.
Just as the title suggests, this lovely book explores the theme of self-talk - the good or the bad voice (or our private evaluation of our own performance) which goes on inside our minds. This story gives the main character, Madaleine the opportunity to choose between either one or the other, with the encouragement and support of her mother. The book's richly illustrated pictures and subtle story-telling melded perfectly to make a charming story of how to listen to the right voice. It's the sort of book too, that you'd want to pick up and re-read over and over. Harriet Dalrimple.