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Mum and Dad Glue

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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. I love how it tackles the emotions they must be feeling in a light hearted manner (rhyming couplets).

This book addresses many feelings and questions children may have related to such controversial themes. The love a parent has for a child is unconditional; Complete and absolute, and not dependent on any terms or conditions. 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. Mum and Dad Glue” is an exceptionally well written and beautifully illustrated picture book by the absolutely fantastic Kes Gray.

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. 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. 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.

For children I could see this book working very well, whether the parents separation is going smoothly or not, this story promotes a key message that children need to understand if they are going through this. As the book progresses we see the kid try to get his parents together again, to have them kiss, to have them love each other again.It is important for him to look into the future and see that things will be okay and that they will always love him. Beautiful book from a child’s perspective of handling divorce- really makes you think about how a child may see a divorce of parents.

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. The illustration powerfully pairs with the text, as everything from buildings, lamp-posts and lunch boxes are broken in two. Perhaps this would be a great story to talk about the effect of structure on the reader and the illusions that structure helps to create.

This book would be a good one to use if a child in your class was experiencing family issues in relation to their parents splitting up as it explains how to view the situation more positively instead of feeing down about it. 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.

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. 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.This changes the boy’s attitude towards what is happening to his family and he begins to embrace events more positively. Summary: A sensitive and helpful message book about a young child trying to come to terms with his parents' divorce. This is the kind of book that should have a place in every class, as a teacher will not always know when a child is needing the kind of emotional reassurance it gives. 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. A powerful poem which follows a boy who’s parents are getting divorced and feels like he is to blame and struggling to come to terms with it.

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