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Mum and Dad Glue

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The illustrations highlight how, to them, it can feel like their whole world is breaking and changing which gives the adult reader a perspective on how the process can feel very overwhelming for the child/children involved.

Written in a continuous prose, the story feels like a real steam of consciousness, with all the worries spilling out of the child.

This book is really important to share with children whose parents have or are in the process of splitting as well offering a sense of understanding to others. 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 author conveys a difficult topic in a sensitive manner whilst offering a sense of warmth and understanding at the end. If you require any changes to this format please indicate in 'Any comments or special requirements' box at checkout. Gray said himself that he was very cautious, and rather uncertain that he would be able to convey such a powerful subject matter accurately, and appropriately to his audience.

Divorce is an unhappy fact that affects many children's lives; parents who are divorcing will value this story that can be read to their children, its message one of comfort to help soothe and make them aware that their parents' separation is in no way their fault. The heartwarming ending of the realisation that he will still be loved equally by both of his parents, even if they are separated. 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.

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. Gray did not want to give false hope to any child that could be experiencing the demise of their parents’ marriage - this would be unethical, and could be potentially damaging to a child's emotional state (especially, for example, if Gray wrote a story where the parent's got back together, and everything mapped out harmoniously, because that could create a distorted, misleading expectation in a child's mind). It is about a little boy who is trying to cope with his parent separating but because his world is torn apart, its hard for him to do.

I think this book can help bring comfort to children going through this and lets students who haven't gone through this to sympathize with their classmates more.

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. The moral of this story is that it is not anyones fault his parents have fallen out of love with each other, and it doesn't mean they have fallen any less out of love with him. This book was a very risky topic for Gray to cover, and manifest in an early years foundation frame of mind. Would be a good book to use in a PSHE lesson or if children in the class have parents going through divorce. It might be an obvious metaphor, but it perfectly captures the feelings that children might be having, without being melodramatic or scary.

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