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Oct 02 2014

I want my mummy by Tracey Corderoy

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Ill. by Alison Edgson. Little Tiger Press, 2014. ISBN 9781848955387
(Age: Preschool) It is a big day in Arthur's life. Today he is going to spend the day with his grandmother, the first time he has been parted from his mummy. But rather than being excited, he is very apprehensive. Even his favourite dragon onesie and his toy dragon Huffity don't give him quite the courage he needs. When Mummy finally says goodbye, he feels very lost and no matter what Granny offers, he is not interested. Even though he plays along for a little while, as soon as the doorbell rings he races off to see if it is his mummy. But Granny, being a true granny, comes up with a game that makes him forget his woes until...
This is a lovely picture book that explores a common issue that preschoolers face, and it's perfect for a parent to share with their child before they leave them for the first time. The bright pictures are very eye-catching and so beautifully drawn that you can just feel the softness of Arthur and his onesie, Grandma and Huffity. Who knew that a tea-towel and a feather duster could be so formidable???
When I was school-based, the preschool was part of 'big school' and each week the children would come for storytime, to browse and then later bring their parents in to borrow from the special collection I had for them that would encourage them to read aloud and begin their child's reading journey. This title would have made a charming addition to that collection.
Barbara Braxton

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