The world’s first children’s book that explores secrets, safety and hope, “An Ordinary House” by Tania Reid.
Often children are forgotten in cluttered or hoarded homes. I wrote this book (the first in the English language!) as a way in which children and others’ can understand the impact of excessive items on children.
“This is a story of how a child overwhelmed by a cluttered, hoarded household finds hope in the community around her. There are literally thousands of children who lead a hidden life, separated from friends who never visit, nowhere to sleep or do homework, and at high risk of fire and health hazards because of the vast amount of ‘stuff’ in their home. Tania Reid has written this timely book for so many children living with hoarding and associated deprivations. She speaks for hundreds of community workers working with families affected by hoarding and squalor across our communities – from the leafy green suburbs to the public housing communities – with heartfelt knowledge that that these children are at risk” Dr Chris Mogan, The Anxiety Clinic, Melbourne Australia.
Konrad Marshall from The Age wrote “The book is her passion though… The book title is a conscious attempt to correct another myth or misconception about hoarding – that all such homes can be spotted from the street, characterised by collections of car parts and stacks of magazines on the lawn” from “Book on Hoarding Disorder aims to unclutter children’s minds” 23rd March 2014.