Grumble Boats


Publication Date: 25 May 2021
Format: Hardback

ISBN 9781925712919

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    Emma is very grumpy. Why should she have to visit Grandma while her brother goes to a pirate party? Harumph! Fortunately, Grandma knows exactly how to send Emma’s bad mood away...

    Grumble Boats is a gorgeous reminder of the power of nature and the special magic of grandmas to make us feel better.

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    Book Type: Picture Books
    Age Group: 3 years +
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    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: /5
    Literary Rating: /5

    Review

    Emma’s not happy. Her brother has been invited to a pirate party, but her parents say she’s too young to go; she has to visit her grandma instead.

    Grandma and Emma walk down to the beach to give the dog some exercise, and Emma’s grumpiness only gets worse. Grandma has the idea to draw their “grumbles” on pieces of paper—in essence, big squiggles—then fold them into boats and send them out to sea.

    Grandma confesses to Emma that she’s frustrated too, because she’s just broken her favourite mug, and as they set off for home—and a nice big plate of beans on toast!—they make plans to solve their problems.

    This is a charming way to express anger and grumpiness. By focusing time and energy into drawing the grumble and making it into a boat, the immediate source of frustration recedes. The act of shipping the boat out onto the water is calming and cathartic. Most of all, it’s a great way to spend time with someone you love when you’re feeling down.

    Overall, a great message to send children about recognising and acknowledging their anger and then focusing on problem-solving.

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