Ellen and Penguin; A Big Day for Little Jack
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July's front cover features the hardback version of Paula Danziger's Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James, using an illustration by Joe Csatari. The book is published by Heinemann and we're grateful to them for their help. For further details see the Authorgraph interview with Paula Danziger.
A Big Day for Little Jack
I've put these books together for review because their subject-matter is so similar and is an important one for young children. Both books deal, very sensitively and interestingly, with a small child's fear of taking steps into the outside world. They show how a loved toy can act as a catalyst and support by projecting the child character's fears onto the toy.
The first tells of a little girl who is nervous of the big playground in the park with its slide and swings and bigger, bolder children. The second is about a little rabbit asked to his first party and frightened of going alone. Perhaps there is rather too easy a solution implied in both books but small children will identify with, and find comfort in, the stories, while parents might find ideas for helping a shy child to find friends and social skills. A question for the publisher - both books were published at the same time and are the same size; I wonder why the price difference?