Stories for living

Thea and Her Thorns


Thea has her own bike with two wheels, a pair of red shoes with stars on them and a super-soft stuffed lion. And she has thorns: lots of spiky branches that grow in her tummy and stop her from doing anything when she’s worried or scared. Thea is desperate to tame her thorns, but how can she go about it?

This picture book explores the topic of anxiety in a gentle, understanding way.


  • A picture book about the reality of the anxiety that more and more children are experiencing.
  • Growing thorns are used as a metaphor to depict times when Thea feels her anxiety creeping in and overwhelming her.
  • The whimsical innocence of the illustrations adds a touch of lightness to Thea’s story.


This book is not only stunningly beautiful and exceedingly well written, it tackles the tricky topic of anxiety, such a painful truth for an increasing number of children in today’s world. With a hint of innocence to the whimsical illustrations that lightens Thea’s story just enough, it’s nothing short of a work of art!
– Blogue TPL Moms




  • Winner of 2020 Quebec Booksellers’ Award for Children’s Literature – Ages 0-5 Category
  • Shortlisted for the 2020 Libraries of Montreal Children’s Book Award




Double page intérieur de l'album Simone sous les ronces. Simone se chicane avec une amie. Elle est assise sur une chaise chez le dentiste et est terrorisée. Elle est au sommet d'une glissoire et ne veut pas descendre alors que les autres enfant l'encouragent avec impatience.
Double page intérieur de l'album Simone sous les ronces. Dans la classe de Solange. Simone a terminé son devoir et se lève. Madame Solange parle devant la classe.
Double page intérieur de l'album Simone sous les ronces. Une série de personnes à la piscine rie de Simone qui n'est pas capable de sauter du tremplin.