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Mum and Dad Glue

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e. that you need ‘love’ and not ‘parent glue’ is so eloquently put across - Gray reminds us that love is a internalised feeling, that lives inside each and every one of us, and it is this image, this thought, and this emotion, that is able to override any sense of insecurity a child feels that is experiencing their parents going through a divorce.

It might be an obvious metaphor, but it perfectly captures the feelings that children might be having, without being melodramatic or scary. It is important for him to look into the future and see that things will be okay and that they will always love him. On its own terms, it's an ideal book, but it's not a picture book for general reading - not that it aims to be.The boy wonders if he is the reason why his parents no longer kiss and cuddle, but they reassure him that he’s not to blame. This book addresses many feelings and questions children may have related to such controversial themes.

This rhyming story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not. If you are concerned about the health and wellbeing of yourself or children in your care, you should always consult an appropriate healthcare professional. It would be a great recommendation to send home, or to read in a smaller, comfortable group, so that children feel they can ask questions, share their response and feelings and talk through these in a trusting environment.

The illustrations were very detailed and used warm toned colours which was quite effective in making me feel comforted whilst reading it. Having personally used this book to communicate divorce with younger family members, it is definitely a book I would recommend to any teacher etc! Although I think this story focused on parent separation in a nice way, I did feel like the ending was a bit abrupt. It's not really a book that young children who aren't going through divorcing parents would want to read - it'd ask more questions than it asks.

Whilst this is effective in delving deeper into the child's thoughts, I could not help but feel that it reduced the impact of the reading, as the book felt too long and drawn out.I genuinely believe that this book is something that will bring comfort to those that could be going through this. Though it may be useful for directing children's thoughts towards the idea that lots of parents separate and that they can be just as happy with separated parents, I would worry that the book may make a child think that their feelings are wrong or that they have to feel a certain way. By telling the story from the perspective of a child, the story creates a sense of longing in the reader and allows them to be swept up in the narrative as if they were in the text themselves. Der kleine Junge in diesem Buch hat ein großes Problem: Seine Eltern sind nicht mehr heile, sie wollen sich trennen und daher braucht er dringend Elternkleber aus dem Bastelladen. By creating this sense of emotion the book is ideal to create and sustain a dialogue with the child and also provides the child with the feelings that this is okay, and it is okay to question the events that are happening around them.

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