Review: Rapunzel and The Strongest Mum
Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin
My wife Jacqui and I are keen to bring up our girls knowing some facts of life early on, and our current mission is all about girl power: handsome princes and heroes are OK, but not necessary. Girls are perfectly capable of saving themselves, thank you.
As always, finding a great story book to back up our message is a bonus, so thank you very much, Bethan Woollvin, for your spot-on reimagining of the classic story, Rapunzel.
The author of Little Red and Hansel and Gretel has scribed another beautiful, cheeky book which offers a terrific twist on a classic children's tale. What I absolutely love about this book – along with the marvellously mischievous illustrations – are the two very clear messages about standing up to bullies and – spoiler alert – not needing a prince to come along and save the day.
When I asked my six-year-old what she likes about Rapunzel, she said that she was "brave and clever". Now that's my kind of fairy tale.
Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin is out now, £6.99 from Macmillan Children's Books.
The Strongest Mum by Nicola Kent
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.