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Mum and Dad Glue

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His method for this isn't the usual response though: he looks for glue to stick his mum and dad together. For my future classroom, I hope to get a copy of this book for children to read if they are ever in the same situation as the main character of this story so that they are able to understand what is happening more.

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. 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. Divorce can be one of the trickiest topics for children to understand and communicate their thoughts/feelings. 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. However in doing this, Gray only places the reader into the situation of the protagonist, wondering when their inner turmoil will be over.

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. It shows the boy's discovery that sometimes family dynamics change, and although that can be worrying, his parents' love for him will not change.

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. As divorce is such a common yet difficult topic to explore with children, 'Mum and Dad Glue' is a necessary book that is accessible for all ages, full of longing and acceptance.This is a good book to share with children who are in this positions to assure them that families can live apart and it will be okay. 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.

Although I think this story focused on parent separation in a nice way, I did feel like the ending was a bit abrupt. 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 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.I am glad that the parents talked to him, that the parents made time to make sure he was fine, and that they explained everything to him. It softly and gently addresses what can be such a difficult subject with lighthearted illustrations and rhyming poetry.

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