New children’s book helps children combat anxiety

Actress Elizabeth Olsen and musician Robbie Arnett discuss their new picture book, “Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective,” which is geared toward helping kids process nerves and anxiety.
5:01 | 06/28/22

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>>> WE'LL TURN TO A POWER COUPLE LOOKING TO PROVIDE KIDS EASY AND APPROACHABLE WAYS TO MANAGE ANXIETY IT'S PART OF THE PICTURE BOOK, "HATTIE HARMONY: WORRY DETECTIVE." >> WE HAVE ELIZABETH OLSEN AND HER HUSBAND HERE, ROBBIE ARNETT. I'M LAUGHING BECAUSE WHEN WE HAD THE POWER COUPLE IN THERE, ROB ROBBIE, YOU KIND OF LAUGHED. GOOD TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE. DO I HAVE IT RIGHT THAT YOU WERE COMPETITIVE IN STARTING TO WRITE A CHILDREN'S BOOK THAT YOU ALL ACTUALLY KIND OF GOT TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS GOING AND SENT IT IN TO SEE WHICH THE PUBLISHER LIKED BETTER? >> IT WAS MORE A COMPETITION BETWEEN THE TWO OF US. WE STARTED WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS BEFORE. AND FOUND A PUBLISHER WHO RESPONDED MOSTLY TO ROBBIE'S WRITING, I'M MORE OF THE EDITOR. SHE ASKED US TO SEE IF WE COULD COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT REVOLVED AROUND CHILDREN'S MENTAL WELLNESS AND ROBBIE AND I BOTH WROTE A BOOK AND SHOWED ONE ANOTHER. AND HIS IDEA WAS FAR BETTER THAN MINE AND THAT WAS HATTIE HARMONY. >> IS THAT TRUE? >> PRETTY ACCURATE. >> MUCH BETTER WRITER THAN I AM. >> EVERY WRITER NEEDS AN EDITOR. >> THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL. DID YOU COLLABORATE ON THAT? HOW DID THAT COME TO PASS? >> YES. PENGUIN, OUR PUBLISHER, THEY SENT US MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATORS AND MARISSA VALDEZ COULD CREATE CHARACTER DRIVEN ART WITH HUMOR, WHICH WE FOUND WAS HARD TO FIND. ROBBIE IS THE AESTHETICS. >> IT FELT TIMELESS, CLASSIC, IT WAS SWEET. >> WE WEREN'T EXPECTING IT TO BE ANAL ANIMAL EITHER. >> WE TALKED ABOUT IT BEING A GIRL, CHILDREN, AND THEN SHE CAME UP WITH THESE ANIMALS AND IT WAS JUST PERFECT. >> YOU HAD THE SCHOOL CALLED WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY. >> YOU KNOW I'M HAPPY SHE'S AN ANIMAL. WE HEAR THIS IS GOING TO BE A SERIES, THERE WILL BE MORE HATTIE? >> YES. >> HATTIE IS A WORRY DETECTIVE SO THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS HAVING FIRST TIME EXPERIENCES, A REALLY COMPLICATED BIG EMOTIONS DOING LOTS OF DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES. >> THE AGE RANGE YOU'RE GOING FOR HERE ONE THING. BUT YOU SAID THE PUBLISHER WANTED YOU ALL TO DO SOMETHING AROUND MENTAL HEALTH BUT THE AGE RANGE WHAT ARE YOU SEEING OR THE PUBLISHER IS SEEING THAT THERE'S A NEED FOR KIDS THIS AGE ADDRESSING THINGS TO DO WITH ANXIETY? >> HATTIE IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. >> 3 TO 7 TECHNICALLY. BUT IT IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY -- SORRY, ROBBIE. >> NO, NO. THAT'S OKAY. I NEED AN EDITOR. >> THAT IS -- YEAH. >> SO, WE -- I -- FOR DEVELOPING MINDS IT SEEMED WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO FOCUS ON AND IT'S ABOUT IDENTIFYING FIRST, GIVING THE LANGUAGE OF WHAT CERTAIN THINGS FEEL LIKE, AND SO, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO US WAS TO IDENTIFY FIRST WHAT THEY'RE FEELING AND THEN HATTIE HELPS PROVIDE A TOOL. SOMETIMES YOU DON'T NEED A PHYSICAL TOOL. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE THE TOOL LIKE BREATHING WITH US. SO THAT IS -- THAT'S THE -- THAT IS THE WAY WE -- >> THE AWARENESS CAN BE SO EMPOWERING. AND SO THAT IS, YEAH, TARGETING THOSE YOUNG MINDS AND -- YEAH. PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS. >> I'D LOVE TO KNOW WHERE THE PASSION COMES FROM? WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITH CHILDREN? IS IT A PERSONAL ISSUE FOR YOU ALL? >> YEAH. >> SURE. >> YEAH, I MEAN, I HAD A LOT OF FIRSTS IN MY LIFE. I MOVED AROUND A LOT AS A KID AND THAT WAS A LOT -- THERE WAS A LOT OF ANXIETY AND STRESS AROUND THAT. AND SO, IT SEEMED FITTING TO PUT HATTIE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE GOING TO CLASS, READING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, THAT'S ALL. FINDING YOUR BUS. THAT'S ALL. IT'S ALL NERVE-RACKING. >> I DON'T THINK -- I DON'T KNOW IF I WAS AN ANXIOUS KID BUT I HAD PANIC ATTACKS IN MY EARLY 20s AND THAT WAS CONFUSING BECAUSE IT DIDN'T HAVE A SOURCE FROM CHILDHOOD. IT FELT LIKE IT JUST SPRUNG ON ME. SO THAT WAS A JOURNEY THAT I TOOK WHERE A LOT OF THE TOOLS THAT I LEARNED ME THROUGH IN THERE BUT MADE IT THE LANGUAGE A BIT MORE RELATABLE FOR KIDS OR EASIER FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND. >> WE HAD SOME HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS. >> YES, WE'RE NOT PROFESSIONALS. WE HAD SOME PROFESSIONALS' EYES ON IT. >> IT IS GOOD TO HAVE, ROBBIE, YOU AND YOUR EDITOR HERE. THE POWER COUPLE, AS I MENTIONED, ELIZABETH OLSEN AND ROBBIE ARNETT. YOU CAN PICK UP A COPY OF "HATTIE HARMONY: WORRY DETECTIVE" TODAY. IT'S OFFICIAL TODAY. IT'S GOOD

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