Mum and Dad Glue
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This message is conveyed in a meaningful way whilst being light hearted in the storyline approaching a difficult topic in a sensitive way. 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. If you require any changes to this format please indicate in 'Any comments or special requirements' box at checkout. 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. Divorce can be one of the trickiest topics for children to understand and communicate their thoughts/feelings.
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 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.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. Divorce is a tricky time for children, and the message is always the same: it's not you and mum and dad will always love you.
While I understand (and respect) what the book was trying to achieve in terms of accepting/coming to terms with parental separation, I felt that the words used placed a lot of pressure on the child to feel a certain way. 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.Although I think this story focused on parent separation in a nice way, I did feel like the ending was a bit abrupt. In the second half of the book, where the main character realizes that it is ok and that hearts cannot be put back together with glue the images are no longer broken. 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. This is an excellent book that follows a child's journey of coming to accept the separation of his parents.