This was the first time that Master C and I had met Sophy Henn’s adorable little panda creation Pom Pom, but I’m so glad we did. Pom Pom the Champion sees Pom Pom bored in the way that so many children always say they are when they don’t know what to do. He has a house full of toys and games (which sounds very familiar) but he doesn’t know what to do. After his mum suggests they play a game which Pom Pom wins he suddenly decides that winning is what he wants to do.
He creates a load of challenges and races for himself which he managed to win and as you might expect he’s rather buoyed up by that. After winning the race to be first to get his coat and shoes on to go out he gets to the park and meets up with a group of his friends. Between them they come up with a series of games and races, but Pom Pom soon discovers that he can’t actually win everything that he does.
With the help of his friends Pom Pom learns that winning isn’t everything and actually taking part and doing something with friends can be just as rewarding.
Master C starts pre-school this week and over the last few weeks I’ve really been working with him on how to share and play with other children nicely – and at times it can be a difficult message to get across. Building on that he is also realising that just like Pom Pom he can’t be the best or the champion at everything he tries his hand at and he needs to not get so angry or upset when that is the case. Talking about Pom Pom has I hoped reinforced that message a bit I hope. I guess time will tell.
Whatever the outcome though I’m in no doubt over Pom Pom’s attraction to pre-schoolers like Master C. Little Miss C was a huge fan of Sophy Henn’s first book Where Bear? (which we reviewed last year) and Master C now has the same sort of feeling towards Pom Pom the Champion. Both books are packed full of absolutely gorgeous illustrations making it no wonder that they’ve loved by children and parents alike.
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