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Mum and Dad Glue

Mum and Dad Glue

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This story is told in such a kind and soft way that this may allow children to feel comfortable to talk about the subject. 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. 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. I would say this book is mainly aimed at KS1 and early years children (if read by teacher/adult), however could also be used in lower KS2. Mum and Dad Glue by Kes Gray, illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013.

Summary: A sensitive and helpful message book about a young child trying to come to terms with his parents' divorce. 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. 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.Would be a good book to use in a PSHE lesson or if children in the class have parents going through divorce. 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. The illustrations represent how he feels as if his whole word is breaking apart until he finds comfort in the fact that his parents love for him will never break. This is an excellent book that follows a child's journey of coming to accept the separation of his parents. This book is written as a poem and is a lovely way to help children and make them aware of marriage break-ups between their parents and that there are ways of coping and that it will all be alright.

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. It offers a slightly different approach, but the core theme is exactly as you'd expect, and rightly so. Told from the perspective of the boy allows the reader to step into his shoes and experience the emotions he is feeling and empathise with him.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. Reinforces the view that the child is not to blame and will continued to be loved as before, and sometimes it is not possible to 'fix' a problem.

Even if a child has been raised by a single parent, their parents split before they were born for example, they could still benefit from a book like this. The illustrations in this book were also effective as they showed everything broken in half throughout the first half of the book where the main characters aim is to get his parents some glue to get back together. I also /loved/ the artistic concept that all the things around the child on each page were broken too. 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. This book was a very risky topic for Gray to cover, and manifest in an early years foundation frame of mind.

We Are Wearing Out The Naughty Step by Mick Inkpen gently touches on issues further down the line, when potential step-families are cropping up. The boy in the story thinks that if only he could find some parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together, things might go back to how they were. Its about him understanding that sometimes things are out of his control and instead of him blaming himself and trying to fix it, he instead accepts it even if it does still hurt. 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 video link is provided to help an adult assess the book's suitability for a child's situation before purchasing it.

Every Second Friday by Kiri Lightfoot and Ben Galbraith is another message book about divorce, this time dealing with children getting used to having two different homes. This can be used as a conversation started with those children in your class that are going through this tough situation. He's going through the usual emotions that children of divorce go through: worry, feeling unsure, blaming himself, anger, denial, and then trying to get them to stay together. It is something I have seen happening in other books about divorce, and it always breaks my heart and makes me tear up. 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.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. 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. Mum and Dad Glue is a kindly voice that will hopefully make them understand and feel a little better. 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).

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