We’ve chosen ‘Mummy, Did You Miss Me?’ this week, because it ties in nicely with the books from the last two weeks. This is not about starting school, but it is about mother and child spending time apart, missing each other and sharing adventure stories. This book may help ease some separation anxiety – for child and parent.
Alice Bear has packed a bag and is leaving to go on great adventures. Mummy Bear is worried about how much she will miss Alice Bear, but Alice reassures her that she’ll be home soon, and in the meantime, Mummy Bear has the turtle and the cat to keep her company.
Throughout the day, Mummy Bear busies herself around the house and Alice Bear has marvellous adventures in the backyard. Mummy Bear’s suggestions (spoken to the cat or the turtle) of sailing in a boat or hiding from a tiger in the jungle, all come to life in Alice Bear’s imagination, and in the illustrations, where lifting a flap on the page shows the reader the reality versus the fantasy.
Mummy Bear does miss Alice Bear, but just as she’s getting really lonely, Alice Bear returns, full of amazing tales of adventure!
Why I love it:
I love this book simply because I think it would be a great one to use in preparing both your child and you for the separation a school day brings. The idea that it’s okay to miss someone and that at the end of the day you can have an enormous cuddle and then a thorough catch up, I think, could be of benefit to little ones and their parents.
When my children started school, I would tell them again and again that it was good to miss each other, because that proved how much we loved one another and the end of the day was always so exciting: seeing their smiles and hearing their stories.
This book tackles separation in a positive way; treating time apart as adventures to be enjoyed, not hurdles to be overcome. Not every family will need this kind of story, but for those who do, this is a good one.
Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:
- Being apart
- Being brave
- Enjoying adventures
- Missing one another
- Sharing stories
- Being reunited
Questions to ask your child:
- What do you think this book might be about?
- Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
- Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
- How many different animals/creatures can you see on the front cover?
- There are two punctuation marks used on the front cover, what are they?
- How do you think the bears on the cover, feel about each other? What makes you think this?
- Do you think this is going to be a happy book, a sad book or a scary book? What makes you think this?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
- Do you miss me when we’re apart?
- How do you feel when we see each other again?
- Why do you think the book used ‘lift the flaps’ in its pictures?
- Do you think Mummy Bear knew Alice Bear was still in the yard? What makes you think this?
- If you were to go off on an adventure, where would you go? What would you do?
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