THE UNDERWATER FANCY-DRESS PARADE
By Davina Bell
Illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Published by Scribble Kids Books
I bought this book after someone recommended it to me as my 4yo son is prone to being a little bit anxious at times (which isn’t a fun thing for any parent to witness).
We read this book last week and I was shocked at what happened when we finished the book. He spoke to me. He opened up about a few things that were bothering him and he was articulate and confident in everything he told me. I was shocked. I’ve been pressing him for months on a couple of things and I got zero in return. I read this book and - BAM! Instant info!
Reasons we love this book:
1/ It helps a child who is shy / anxious / nervous to understand that it’s ok to feel like this at times.
Alfie wants to be brave. He is a shy boy who wants to dress up for the school parade (similar to book week I am guessing), but he just can’t bring himself to do it. There’s something eating him up inside that makes him really nervous to give it a go and dress up in front of his peers. It causes him a lot of anxiety and we watch him go through a range of emotions in the story. I’m sure there are plenty of children out there who have felt this way when they have to do something in front of the other kids at school It can be very daunting.
2/ I like that the parents in the story accept their son and don’t push him into doing something he doesn’t want to do.
Not everyone may agree with me on this one… but I liked that the parents leave Alfie to come out of his shell in his own time and on his own terms. They nurture him and take him to the aquarium to show off the underwater creatures to possibly help him change his mind and dress as the starfish.
3/ The story is extremely well written in dealing with these big issues for kids…
However, Davina Bell has done a stellar job in bringing these issues to light for both adult and child.
For 4yo and up.