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Review: Rapunzel and The Strongest Mum

Father of two, Simon Harris, reviews two new Macmillan books for kids, Rapunzel and The Strongest Mum

Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

My wife is always telling our girls that ‘mummy is strong’ whilst flexing her muscles – and I’m sure she’s not the only mama to do this, so all children will think this is about their mum. In fact, every mum will see herself in this book too. The Strongest Mum is Nicola Kent’s debut book and I think she’s really onto something.

The book offers an original, clever way to help children understand kindness, empathy and strength. It inspired us to talk about what little jobs we could do to help mummy and other people. It also inspired us to talk about the importance of choice, and that it really is OK to say “No” sometimes.

The illustrations are bright and joyful, and I defy anyone not to smile when they see the drawing of Strongest Mum’s handbag… it’s a treasure trove full of ‘just-in-case’ necessities that would make any Girl Guide proud, and every mum nod in recognition. Just that page alone makes my two-year-old and six-year-old want to read this book again and again, because it’s so much fun spotting what’s in there.

A great book for younger children, it provides an excellent stepping stone into age-appropriate conversations about empathy, coping and setting limits. We can’t wait to see what Nicola Kent comes up with next.

The Strongest Mum by Nicola Kent is out now, £6.99 from Macmillan Children’s Books.

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