Posted on 4th April, 2023, under Book Reviews
This beautifully illustrated book is a story portraying sadness and grief. It is written carefully and honestly by an author who took his own suffering and used it to support others to understand that sadness is real and we do not need to hide it. This tale is about loss and is told in a way that illustrates raw pain and beautiful memories of the person who passed away. The message in the book is about being sad because something unbearable happened to cause sadness and it is okay to be vulnerable and show the sadness. I believe this is such an important message. Everyone, young and old, must allow themselves time and space to express their feelings.
Working with children and families for 20 years, I had many discussions with parents/carers who needed support to prepare their children for the passing of a relative or friend. However, breaking such sad news and knowing how to support children through grief when you, as an adult, are also suffering this same grief or loss is difficult. I feel this book is appropriate for children from age ten to adulthood. However, I suggest the story should be shared within a family rather than in isolation. For example, when I read this book, I felt empathy for the author and sadness for friends I have loved and lost. When you feel despair, it is essential that there is someone around to share your emotions with and listen to you.
Michael Rosen is a writer, poet, and performer and he has an amazing way of sharing stories that people, young and old, can relate to. Author of many books, one well-known and loved book by Rosen that the children I have worked with love is, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. A former British Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, lives in London. For more information on the wonderful books check out his website and also Twitter account.
23rd May 2023
Scéalta Blog In this week’s Scéalta, Catherine O’Reilly, PhD research student at Trinity College Dublin, discusses how critical thinking relates to early childhood and how we can use storytelling to give children in Early Years settings the same opportunities as older children to learn how to communicate, collaborate, be creative…...Read More
27th April 2023
Have you ever wondered how educators decide to teach the way they teach and why they use the practices they adopt in the classroom to support learning and development? There are many ways to answer this question; your answer will be influenced by your knowledge of the educational system and…...Read More
8th March 2023
I started February off by submitting an abstract (fingers crossed) for the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 2023 conference in Lisbon, which is taking place from August 30th to September 2nd. This year’s theme is Children’s Curiosity, Agency and Participation: Challenges for Professional Action and Development 2023.eeceraconference.org. Now,…...Read More
13th February 2023
Book Details Title: Frankie's World Author: Aoife Dooley Publisher: Euston House Place of Publication: United Kingdom Published: 2022 Pages: 258 Reviewer: Catherine O'Reilly | Ph.D. research student | Trinity College Dublin Age Range: 10-15 Theme: Autism, Humour, Relationships, Fitting in, Accepting yourself This new book by Aoife Dooley, Frankie’s World,…...Read More