Wonderful review of Tippy Moffle's Mirror by Suzy Stanton, creator & editor at We Made a Wish Adoption Magazine now available, as well as an article i have written on Attachment focused family therapy.
Here's what Dan Hughes, PhD, founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy has to say about The Moffles:
Wow! I love the Moffles! Tiny and Fast, Fluffy and Quiet! Adorable. And I love how their fur changes colours depending upon their emotional experiences. I personally resonate with the whole mixture of colours in the fur of the old ones, the elders! There so easily might be a whole series of Moffle books that touch on the many experiences of life.
The story of Tippy Moffle is thoughtful & well written. The mood of the birth mommy is conveyed acutely & the multi-coloured new Mommy Moffle is so warm and inviting. I love how the need for the new mommy's patience is shown in her golden streak. So often over the years as I have spoken for children in therapy & helped them to talk with their parents and carers, the need for patience has been highlighted. And the mirror is a great metaphor for how Tippy's sense of herself is transformed in her loving relationship with her new mommy.
I think this book is great for children and it has good descriptions of the Moffle's .It also teaches you that everyone has feelings and it is ok to show them. It is a good story to share with your family especially if you are adopted
This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and as an adoptive parent I can't recommend it highly enough. Both of my children said, 'This is about me' when we read it together.
Don't hesitate - buy this book.
by Steph Dixon
This is a charming tale suitable for all readers and listeners, but particularly valuable as an instructional story for looked-after or adopted children who will surely identify with Tippy Moffle.
The idea of colours showing feelings and emotions would provide a great opening for discussion and could be transferred into home or school life.
by Annie Judge
A beautifully written and poignant book that deals with the often complex emotions of adoption; in a containing way that enable families to safely explore these emotions and feelings together.
by Jonathan Cave
Simply Brilliant!! This is a beautiful story, courageously told, in the classic narrative tradition of the Hero’s Journey.
As a registered therapist working with traumatised children and young people, I am always searching for meaningful resources, such as this, that reach out to children and help them heal.
Furthermore, it has shown me how powerful honest, carefully constructed, narrative can be.
After I finished it, I read it to my 12-year-old son who was immediately, emotionally, invested and it helped us have a difficult conversation about the lives of children in the care system.
This is obviously the start of a series of books, I will be buying the next episode!
by Guy Payne MBACP Accred
This story is a great way to approach and explain/explore big and difficult feelings, and processes that children who have suffered developmental trauma will have experienced. It allows you to work and relate too and work with the young person in an easy and relatable way, without shaming, but still allows dramatic distance to the therapeutic process. Superb!
by Simon Eagle
This is an absolutely gorgeous book. It looks at the difficult emotions that often come with adoption and being a new family. Lovely words, written well.
by samantha walker
The Moffles creates a wonderful world for children to enter. Magical pictures are painted of emotions being a meaningful and vibrant part of our lives. Tippy Moffle's experience is relatable and can help children who have had a different or challenging start in life feel seen and heard. Additionally, it can help to build empathy and understanding in all children and adults. This is a valuable book and I look forward to hearing more about the Moffles and their lives.
by Dr Maxine Campion
This is a delightful book and will be a definite asset to parents and professionals alike supporting children with difficult early experiences. The lovely illustrations really grab the imagination, introducing us to Moffle characters and indirectly appealing to a child’s interest. The central theme of feelings being reflected in the colourful fur is an inspired way to normalise integration and the patchwork of life, so helpful to children who are heavily defended and scared of what feelings will do. The references to early trauma are touching, sensitively handled and clear, conveying the poignant image of a child trying hard to be loved and the obscuring dirt works really well as a metaphor for locked away feelings. The book very effectively depicts the (sometimes overlooked) struggle that traumatised children can have in adjusting to being seen/ known/ supported/ nurtured and allowing beliefs about self and others and relational patterns to shift. The importance of time and patience as healers is a helpful inclusion and the story ends with a touching affirmation and acceptance of multi-colouredness as Tippy Moffle starts to grow and develop her fuller self. A great read!
by Michael Reeves
I absolutely loved this book and think it could be relatable to so many kids. It very tastefully touches upon depression and foster homes. I think that it could be used for social emotional learning as well as for inference because there is a lot not directly said in the story. I will be buying this book for sure!
by NetGalley review
This is a lovely story helping children understand about different feelings and also introducing children to adoption or fostering. The illustrations are great.
by NetGalley review
This is a beautiful story, despite being really really sad.
It talks about a little moffle that is taken away from her mummy, and placed with a new mummy moffle, and how she then comes out of her shell and becomes more like herself.
This is all explained simply through colours which is very efficient and very effective.
by NetGalley review
Tippy Moffle's Mirror is a beautifully written and illustrated book which tells of Tippy Moffle whose Tummy Mummy is unable to look after her so she goes to live with New Mummy Moffle and all the emotions Tippy feels towards her Tummy Mummy and then her adoption. It is written in a way that young children will understand and as a Mum to a 4 year adopted son I can understand New Mummy Moffles feeling too. The phrases used such as Tummy Mummy are the same phrases I use with my son and he loved hearing about Tippy as, even though he is a little young to understand everything in both his and Tippy's situations, he could relate to the fact that he and Tippy are similar.
It is a lovely story for all children but especially adopted children who can relate to the feelings.
by NetGalley review
A beautifully hand-colored tale to teach children that just because of our family circumstances, we are still loved. We never lose our colors (emotions). Perfect for foster parent, DHS representative, counselors, and teachers.
by NetGalley review
I have worked for over 20 years with children in care and adopted children, their families and the professionals who support them. I am a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist & a Consultant & Practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
I have used stories in my work, writing them for specific children, over many years & I thought for a long time it would be good to make some beautiful, picture story books that reflect more of the themes in the lives of the children that I work with. I never got around to it until at the end of 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer & had to stop work for extensive treatment. During the year I was off work, I started writing my Moffle stories. The writing became a lovely part of my recovery. More recently I decided to have a go at illustrating them myself. When I was little, I had a pet rabbit that I named, Moffles who I loved & so I decided to name my characters in his memory.