The Helping Hand stories, written by Sarah, Duchess of York, cover a range of experiences children may have to deal with as they grow up. Each story covers one topic and is designed to be read by both children and parents, perhaps together. For parents, there are also ten helpful hints, written by a leading child psychologist, to help them guide their child positively and sympathetically through each experience.
I was very kindly given three of these books, each of which is a Helping Hand story. James and the Bullies, Holly’s First Day at School and Daisy Learns about Strangers.
All of the above-mentioned books are very beautifully illustrated by Amit Tayal.
As you can see, each book has a very important message to share and this is done in a very child-appropriate and encouraging way. They are sympathetic and leave door open for and, in fact, encourage conversation, which is incredibly important.
Nobody likes to think of children being bullied, scared or lonely yet we can’t forget that this is a reality for many children every single day of the week. We must be prepared to listen and engage with children during these times.
One of my favourite parts of each book is a section called “Ten Helpful Hints…”, which is at the very back. Each list of hints is individual to the story within the book and is packed full of really simple and manageable tins. In fact, I think it’s stuff that most people will know but may forget in the moment. The hints will encourage really important conversations between the adult reader and the child, or the child and their parent.
I’m truly honoured to have taken part in this blog tour and have loved exploring these books!
Thank you so much Anne Cater and Sarah, Duchess of York for my beautiful copies of the stories of James, Daisy and Holly.