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Wonderwise: Supermum: A book about mothers [Paperback]

Mick Manning , Brita Granstrom
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9 Sep 2004 Wonderwise (Book 25)
Wonderwise is a well-written, beautifully illustrated series designed to introduce children to key topics and concepts in an entertaining and unusual way. Supermum is a wonderful celebration of mums. Drawing comparisons between both human and animal mums, the humorous text and affectionate illustrations show how important mums are and what they do to keep their offspring safe and happy.


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749658657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749658656
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 20 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Wonderwise is a well-written, beautifully illustrated series designed to introduce children to key topics and concepts in an entertaining and unusual way. Supermum is a wonderful celebration of mums. Drawing comparisons between both human and animal mums, the humorous text and affectionate illustrations show how important mums are and what they do to keep their offspring safe and happy.

About the Author

Mick Manning and Brita Granström are a creative team who work together on both text and illustration. Together they have produced many titles for Franklin Watts and won many awards, including the Silver Smarties prize for The World Is Full of Babies, the TES information book award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association non-fiction award for Wash, Scrub, Brush! and Voices of the Rainforest. They live in the Scottish Borders.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Who is this book for? 25 July 2013
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The premise of this book is that children need factual books as well as fiction. The fact that the book starts with the fallacy that all mums are supermums in the animal kingdom (even a human mum with a multi-coloured mohican and piercings) adds nothing to its validity. While I would not advocate a book for younger children on rejection and abandonment, the fact remains that as a work of non-fiction this book is seriously flawed. For older children, the issues surrounding less than super mums, including rejection issues, are brilliantly covered in some of the fiction by Jacqueline Wilson and others.

Unfortunately, for both the author and illustrator, the bar has been set very high over the years so that the stilted prose and pictures that are neither realistic nor charmingly quirky do nothing to make the book attractive to young children.

There is a dreary didactic quality that pervades every page and the authors seem unsure of the age group for their target audience. My four year old grandson loves a bedtime story and, while he never seems to tire of some books, this one never even makes the shortlist. The idea of a book about animal mums and babies, including insects, birds, fish etc. is not original and there are several more charming examples that are not so self-consciously EDUCATIONAL.

The book claims to be part of an "award winning series" and has "notes on how to make the most of this book" by an educational consultant which are supposed to be read first, presumably by an adult. There is also an alphabetical index of animal supermums at the end. Why? The book finishes with suggested activities that are obviously aimed at a child who is an able reader and writer; which again raises the question who is this book aimed at?
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