Belle And Chloe - Reflections In The Mirror - Book Review

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Book Review of :  Belle And Chloe - Reflections In The Mirror


Dr. Isabela Sardas, Ph.D., has crafted a heartwarming children's book called "Belle and Chloe - Reflections in the Mirror" that compassionately tackles the emotional aftermath of severe burns. Within its pages, readers will meet the endearing twin sisters, Belle and Chloe, who were inseparable in all their adventures. Their adorable canine companions, Muffin and Waffles, are beside them and mirror their bond. However, tragedy strikes when Belle suffers a terrible accident with boiling soup, altering the course of their shared lives as twins.

 As Belle is rushed to the hospital, Chloe remains at home with her father, and their lives begin to undergo a profound transformation. Their mother grapples with escalating feelings of guilt, particularly as Belle's healing journey unfolds. This story delves into the myriad challenges that arise in the aftermath of a devastating accident, including the gravity of Belle's burns, which necessitate several weeks in the hospital and surgical intervention.

Sardas discusses the challenges Belle will face in her recovery from the burn injuries and emphasizes the support of her mother throughout the process. Sardas highlights in her narrative the significant changes in behavior that occur following 3rd-degree burns and some of the resulting trauma that will play out during hospitalization, such as sadness and withdrawal.

After the accident, Belle experienced profound sadness and a fear of how her appearance would be affected by the treatments. She also distanced herself from her sister and worried about how her peers would treat her and comment on her scars. Belle exhibited various emotional issues related to her burns, including nightmares. Fortunately, her father alleviated some of this problem by telling her comforting stories about a big white horse.

This book provides solace for children who have undergone similar experiences. It offers relatability and reassures them that others have faced similar challenges and still managed to lead fulfilling lives.

Sardas's book provides valuable guidance for parents navigating the challenges of caring for a child with severe burns. It also emphasizes the importance of supporting the emotional needs of those around the victim. In the story, Chloe experiences feelings of rejection from her twin sister, and her well-intentioned efforts to assist Belle go unappreciated.

This book offers a valuable perspective to children who have undergone surgery, helping them understand and embrace the lifelong scars they carry. Additionally, it provides parents with a useful framework to discuss their child's surgical experience in a positive light.

"Belle and Chloe - Reflections In The Mirror" is a captivating children's book that resonates with readers of all ages, regardless of the origin of their scar. Through a combination of uplifting affirmations and vibrant illustrations, this book empowers and inspires individuals to confidently embrace and celebrate their scars.  

Reviewed by: David H

About Isabela Sardas

Dr. Sardas, a Wisconsin-licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the treatment of childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders, uses a cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic perspective. She obtained her training from The Cambridge Hospital-Harvard Medical School, UNT, The University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Sardas was nominated for the 2023 Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award. She just authored a children's book: Belle and Chloe-Reflections In The Mirror ( Having many years of counseling experience in multiple settings, Dr. Sardas has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with various disorders, including mood, anxiety, and trauma-related problems. She has clinical experience treating individuals with adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma (PTSD), ADHD, and family issues. Dr. Sardas understands that everyone has strengths and that everyone faces difficulties. That's what she appreciates about her clinical work. She helps people identify their strengths and collaborates with them to develop strategies to address their challenges and provide personal encouragement to gain the traction needed to get started.

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