Monday, May 14, 2012


Have you ever noticed how sometimes children's books about serious topics are not written so super well?  Not all the time, but it does happen that on occasion they're wordy... or over-explanatory... or over kids' heads? 

Well, that is one thing I love about Mem Fox!  She can be silly, sweet and serious.  Today I'm gonna share a couple of the more serious ones with you (doing my best not to be wordy or over-explanatory... boy if that wasn't the pot calling the kettle black up there, sorry.)

Tough Boris is a very cool book.  First, you find this gruff, tough sort of text describing Boris and the nature of pirates in general. Then in a twist, Boris experiences a loss.  Perhaps all pirates aren't as they seem.  I feel like this book shows kids that loss is real and it can affect even the toughest of people. Another neat thing about this book, the illustrations almost tell a story of their own.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a wonderful book.  Reading it gets me a little teary in fact; it's very sweet. Wilfrid is a little boy who lives near a nursing home and his favorite resident is beginning to suffer memory loss.  Wilfrid overhears grown ups talking about this and he goes on a hunt to bring her back her memories.  Its a simple storyline that I think would be an excellent way to beginning a discussion about aging with your children.

At some point, though we try to protect them from it, our children are going to experience sadness, loss, or other grown up things they don't understand. It's comforting to me to know that there are books out there that can help them to understand these kind of things a little better.

Happy reading, do you have any favorite serious books?
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