Together Things by Michelle Vasiliu & Gwynneth Jones
BOOK OF THE WEEK
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 12th March 2020
Together Things by Michelle Vasiliu (Author), Gwynneth Jones (Author)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: EK Books
FIRSTLY, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE BOOK BLURB TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS ABOUT:
When her father feels sad, a little girl finds ways to keep the bonds of love alive
Her mother says you can’t see her daddy’s hurt because it’s inside his head. One in five adults experiences depression in their lifetime, but young children are often left in the dark when their mother or father suddenly can’t play like they used to.
Together Things will resonate with the thousands of young children who know what it’s like to live with a parent experiencing mental illness, helping them to understand — in an age appropriate and sensitive way — that it is okay for them to feel mad or sad about their parent’s illness, but that, while their parent is getting better, they may have to do different things together to preserve their relationship, such as reading stories or drawing pictures, instead of the imaginative play their parent cannot currently envision through the haze of mental illness.
Through wondrous illustrations and a compelling story, young children can understand the importance of mental health discussions and that sometimes they must adapt their interactions while the people in their lives focus on their mental health.
This is an amazing book!
Most of the books that are passed to me for review are happy or scary and inspiring stories. They are all part of entertaining our children and promoting a happy world.
But real life is not necessarily automatically happy all the time. So many things come along to attack our happiness.
“Together Things” is a book that beautifully tells a story of how one little girl with the help of her mum tackled one such problem in life.
The book covers a very topical subject of a mental illness in a parent and the devastating affect it can have on the relationship between parent and child, especially when you’ve previously had such great times together.
Like all good books the words make us laugh and they make us cry and then laugh again.
The simple rhythmic text carries us from page to page explain the problem simply and sympathetically. As we progress through the book answers become apparent for what seems at the beginning an impossible situation.
The book is so well written it will inspire children to realise everyone faces problems in life. In fact life is a series of problems. But with a bit of thought and help from parents, problems can be tackled.
The illustrations in the book are all magnificent, vibrant, two-page spreads. They illustrate the words profoundly and draw the reader into the little girl’s world, allowing us to share her emotions.
Congratulations to Michelle Vasiliu and Gwynneth Jones for a very brave book that deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf as an early inspiration on dealing with problems that crop up in life. And also for letting children come face to face with mental illness in a gentle way.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. – Mark Twain
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