With Mother's Day fast approaching it's the time of year when publishers bring out a variety of mummy related books. Many of these are along the theme of how wonderful mums are (and there's certainly nothing wrong with that) but what I particularly liked about I Want My Mummy! is that it seems to go a bit further.
Arthur (a toddler mouse – if that's the correct terminology!) is going to spend the day at his Granny's house. He's not spent a whole day apart from his mummy before so he's understandably a bit apprehensive about the whole thing. Dressed in his dragon costume off he goes with a promise that whilst there he can also play dragons with his Granny's dragon Huffity.
There are a few tears when it's time for Mummy to leave and moments of upset when the doorbell rings and Arthur finds that it's not Mummy returning, but Granny knows what to do to keep a little dragon entertained and he's soon hiding treasure in the garden and playing knights and dragons with his Granny. By the time the doorbell rings again Arthur's so engrossed in his game that he doesn't want another interruption – until he realises that it's actually Mummy returning!
I Want My Mummy! is the perfect book for reassuring any toddlers who are about to spend their first day away from their mummy, or if they're going to stay with a grandparent for the first time. It beautifully shows that they can have great fun with who ever is looking after them, but at the end of the day Mummy will return as promised – and as we all know, no one has hugs as good as Mummy hugs!
I really enjoyed reading this with Little Miss C, although I have to admit there was a small tear in my eyes as I read it the first time. It really made me remember those feelings when you say goodbye to your little one the first time you leave them with someone else.
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