The House That Wouldn’t Fall Down: A Short Tale of Trust for Traumatised Children, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The House That Wouldn’t Fall Down

A Short Tale of Trust for Traumatised Children, 1st Edition

By Hollie Rankin


14 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138360488
pub: 2019-06-18
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This beautifully illustrated, therapeutic picture book tells the story of Ava the Elephant. One day the house that Ava lives in falls down. Ava is a very determined elephant and sets out in search of a new home. She tries many different houses on her journey but none seem quite right; none seem stable or safe enough to her.

This story book has been written to support key adults in helping traumatised children to find a way to trust again. The story encourages children to identify with some of Ava’s experience and to explore the feelings she experiences . The book helps promote discussion and reflection; and aims to reassure children that it is possible to find a ‘house that won’t fall down’.

The resource ‘Re-building Trust with Traumatised Children’ has been written to accompany the picture book, providing information, guidance and ideas for anyone supporting a traumatised child, in school or at home.


The House that Wouldn’t Fall Down should be a core text for any professional who is working with children. The accompanying workbook contains a wealth of knowledge and inspiration for those "where do I start moments". Working with traumatised children can be daunting, but ‘The house that wouldn’t fall down’ is a story children will love and professionals will take hope from.

Gemma Finley, Children's Counsellor

Due to increased waiting times and lack of outside agency support, pressure is being placed on schools to help children cope with what can be an upsetting and stressful world. Supporting with mental health is an area teachers often lack confidence in. These books and resources offer the starting point needed and enable teachers and teaching assistants to feel like this is an area they can support with. Beautifully illustrated and a pleasure to read. After years of searching I know there is nothing quite as good as this out there!

Corrin Watson, Assistant Head Teacher and SENCO

These wonderful stories are so easy for children to relate to, and understand the feelings and meanings shared. The resource books are ideal for helping children to explore their emotions, and for parents, carers and school staff to feel equipped to help them to do so.

Gemma Oliver, Learning Mentor

Table of Contents

Storybook: The House that Wouldn’t Fall Down

About the Author

Hollie Rankin is a counsellor who has worked with and supported children, young people and their families within schools in the North East over the last nine years. Her recent books on trauma and bereavement were prompted by a noticeable gap in resources to help to guide adults when supporting children in emotionally challenging circumstances.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General