Published: 15/06/2017
ISBN: 9781788035644
Format: Paperback

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Rose’s Difficult Mother’s Day
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 Rose. Rose was adopted from an orphanage in China – she asks questions about her past and is given information by her mother when they look together at photographs of her as a baby. Rose is bullied at school because she looks different and is supported by one of her friends. Rose finds Mothers Day evokes difficult feelings not only for her but some of her friends too. This book explores how important it is for adopted children to receive information about their origins and how an event such as Mothers Day can trigger difficult feelings which need to be acknowledged and supported by adults. The 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 explores & explains the difficulties many adopted and fostered children feel on a significant day, such as Mother's Day. Carol sensitively deals with the issues of loss which are so prevalent in these children and the need to be around others in similar circumstances. It will hopefully encourage adoptive & foster parents to allow their child to be around similar peer groups to help form such a bond.

by Elizabeth Archer


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