Now that I am Big

You can scroll down to download the book and accompanying educational resources.

Who doesn’t love a makeover?

The original eBook on the Defence Member and Family Support website has had a complete makeover. (Scroll down to see the new version).

The 3 adorable Defence Dogs tell the story. These characters, designed by Trish Donald, tell the story and promote emotional understanding and resilience.

The story explores some of the strategies Anthony uses to help him when he is missing his father. He also explains how he helps his mother and sister as they are missing his father too. ‘Now that I am big’ looks at some of the emotional responses children have to a parent working away, including the way they push away from the parent in order to protect themselves.

Some of these resources can be found below. To access all of these resources, please visit the Children’s Resource Modules.

You can download these free resources:

  1. eBook: Now that I am Big: Anthony’s Story
  2. Accompanying Educational Activities (including puzzles, puppets, matching games, card games, board games, sight words, sequencing and storytelling activities)
  3. Audio read-along version
  4. Key Word Sign read-along version (using key Auslan signs)
  5. Template to create a personalised book when Mum (1) or Dad (2) goes away. Now that I am big_ Anthony’s Story Personalised version 1 and Amended Now that I am big_ Anthonys Story Personalised version 2 (Instructions can be found in our Children’s modules).
  6. Commercially printed book All eBooks, interactive eBooks, downloadable (printable) versions of the book and teaching materials are free due to our wonderful funders. You can also order (and pay for) commercial, professionally printed books (details to come).
  7. Interactive app: (requires constant internet) for children to get the most out of the interactive app, they need to be very familiar with the story. After that, they can engage with just a few pages of the app at a time.

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