Author(s): Carola Maier
The Magic of Dragons emerged from Carola's work as a trauma counsellor. After each day's work supporting people suffering from the effects of various traumatic experiences, including victims of crime, and adult survivors of child abuse, she would ground herself, and reconnect with the healing world of imagination, by painting pictures of dragons. Dragons are beings that have enchanted her since her childhood days living in the alpine and magical landscape of southern Bavaria, where her grandmother entranced her with stories about these beautiful creatures. The poems were created by both Carola and her partner Jesse to capture the essence of each of the pictures. Through the pictures and accompanying poems in this book, children enter the mythical world of dragons with their legendary strength, serenity, majesty and wisdom. This imaginary world offers children a gateway into creating their own imaginary safe place; for it is only from a safe place that peace can ever arise. Hence, the message of the book is: be kind to and respect all creatures, all people, and all of nature; for our world and everything in it is magical and special.