The book reflects the frustration of the toddler in a sympathetic way at the presence of a new sibling and the pictures present plenty to talk about and laugh at with a young child as you go through the tale.
Children who have lost a parent or experienced a change in circumstances, such as fostering or adoption, will relate to orphaned Owen and find comfort in his loving relationship with his adoptive mother, Mzee, a 130-year-old male tortoise.
Many young children go through a phase of answering every request with a firm 'NO!'. Some may recognise themselves in the stubborn little 'no-no bird' in this cautionary tale. This may encourage them to co-operate a little more often.
Provides guidance and support to children who are being parented by gay men. Encourages an appreciation of, and acceptance of, same-sex parents, and shows that families come in all shapes and sizes. Promotes a positive view of gay relationships.
Children struggle at times to negotiate the ups and downs of friendship. This book reassures young children that though their friends may not always be in the mood to play with them, their friendship still endures.
Acknowledging feelings of anxiety or jealousy that can sometimes come up when a new baby arrives. Reassuring children that despite the fact life has changed, they are still special and loved by their parents.
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