Book Review: The Day Poppa Turned into a Star by Tracey Lawrence – #BreakingTheSilence
“Aidan and Poppa spend hours and hours playing together and going on adventures together. Then, unexpectedly, Poppa gets very poorly. Join us on Aidan’s sad and moving journey throughout this difficult time, how Aidan wades through a variety of different emotions and situations before finally realising that Poppa will always be there, just in a different way.”
This is a beautiful and important book written by Tracey Lawrence. After losing her father to stomach cancer, she wrote this book to help her 2-year-old nephew Aidan to understand what had happened. The two of them had been best buddies before the diagnosis and Poppa wanted to keep things as normal as possible for Aidan.
“When dad passed Aidan took it extremely hard. In my day to day job I am a primary school teacher working with children specifically with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. It was during this that I realised how I could help Aidan: stories. I make lots of stories up at school for children to relate to so I scribbled Aidan’s story on a scrappy piece of paper. It supported Aidan hugely and he enjoyed reliving happy memories. It gave us opportunities to talk about Poppa and answer questions he had.” — Tracey Lawrence
Books are such a brilliant way to communicate with children and start important discussions about feelings. This book is the first in a series of books called Breaking The Silence all about topics like this.
The Day Poppa Turned into a Star shows the emotions a child might go through in an event like this and it’s a really sweet and beautiful book.
Having lost my own father in 2008 to illness, it’s extra special to me. The star thought is lovely and something that can be very comforting to children. I worked with children who knew my dad and when he passed away they said he was in the sky too which is a very nice thought.
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I was sent this book for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.