Published: 15/06/2017
ISBN: 9781788035941
Format: Paperback



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Joe Gets a New Family and Starts a New School
by Carol Platteuw

Part of The New Road Friends series.

Each book in the series includes guidance notes for parents and professionals.


Carol Platteuw and illustrater Nicky Armstrong have created a beautiful set of 5 illustrated books for children. Each title, set among a group of friends at a primary school, explores themes common to adopted and fostered children, following their journeys and introducing the supportive people they meet.

This book tells the story of Joe. His birth mother abused alcohol, he had to be cared for by his grandmother and then foster carers before he moved into an adoptive family. Beside having to move families, Joe also had to move school four times. Joe is supported with his difficult feelings by his adoptive mother and by making friends at his new school. This book sensitively explores how a child manages multiple losses, his worries about significant people in his past and his concern that he may be to blame for events. This book can be read to children by their parent or by a professional working with them. Guidance notes are provided to assist the reader in exploring some of the issues within the book further.

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This is a very child friendly book that talks sensitively about the difficulties Joe has experienced in his early life. It tackles hard hitting subjects in a gentle manner and encourages children to be aware of their own feelings and emotions. This particular book covers a couple of difficult areas that are commonly experienced by adopted and fostered children; moving families & schools. This book would be helpful to have in school, nurseries and children's centres so it is more easily accessible to those who may benefit from it.

by Elizabeth Archer


 

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