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Mum and Dad Glue

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Mum and Dad Glue” is an exceptionally well written and beautifully illustrated picture book by the absolutely fantastic Kes Gray. If children are struggling with this in their own lives this could be used to read with them or suggest a parent read it with their child. 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. He goes on a hunt to try and find some glue to stick them back together but then realises that you cant find glue for the heart. The illustrations and rhymes are lighthearted and make the book feel very accessible for adults and children.

I think this book could be a very useful in the classroom, and read to nursery or reception children because it deals with such a relevant topic that any of them could experience. The cracks on the page that follow the boy throughout the book reinforce the fact he feels his whole world is now broken and then when he realises everything might just be okay, those cracks disappear. This book will be very relatable for many children and can spark great discussion with any aged child. Although I think this story focused on parent separation in a nice way, I did feel like the ending was a bit abrupt. In spite of his initial apprehension, Gray said that he wanted to provide a view of divorce (from a child's perspective), that was not only just, but one that lent itself to honesty and integrity.This book is written as a poem and tells the story of a little boy whos parents are getting divorced. 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). This message is conveyed in a meaningful way whilst being light hearted in the storyline approaching a difficult topic in a sensitive way. 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.

Mum and Dad Glue is a kindly voice that will hopefully make them understand and feel a little better. The little boy then learns that is in fact okay that his parents have split and that it is not his fault nor will his parents love for him change. Kids who suddenly see their parents fall out, they see them sad, angry, sometimes there are arguments. I think that is a great way to help children see the metaphor of how sometimes when things are going wrong for us, the whole world can seem broken.

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. Summary: A sensitive and helpful message book about a young child trying to come to terms with his parents' divorce. I love how it tackles the emotions they must be feeling in a light hearted manner (rhyming couplets). He explains to the reader that although his parents are apart they will always love him, and if they could have resolved their differences they would have done it by now.

His method for this isn't the usual response though: he looks for glue to stick his mum and dad together. If you require any changes to this format please indicate in 'Any comments or special requirements' box at checkout.Having personally used this book to communicate divorce with younger family members, it is definitely a book I would recommend to any teacher etc! It is important for him to look into the future and see that things will be okay and that they will always love him. 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. The child's concept of sticking his parents back together with glue is so down to earth and truly places the reader into the mindset of a young person desperate for his mum and dad to stay together. 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.

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