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Mummy told me mot to tell
on 17 January 2011
This is the first Cathy Glass book I have read, so maybe I'm not giving her enough of a chance, but I have to say it will be a while before I read another! While my heart went out to little Reece (and his siblings) in this book, I found myself being completely aggravated by the author, or the way the book was written......... I'm not sure which (as it's the first one I've read). Having read the other reviews, I feel like I'm completely alone in my opinion - so perhaps I'm being a bit hasty, but I wanted to write a review of THIS book and what I thought of it.
I'm not sure if the books have to be written in a certain way for 'legal' reasons, or if the author really is that annoying - but it seems a bit OTT to tell the reader EVERY SINGLE TIME she restrains or touches the child it's "a light touch on the shoulder" or "a gentle hold of the hand" - I'm sure that the readers get the idea she isn't being rough with the children in her care. Also, she is SUCH a 'know-all'. In this book alone, she knows better than the social worker, the teaching assistant, the Headteacher.... the list goes on! It seems like she is determined to prove she knows better than any other qualified professional involved in child welfare. I'd like to think that all she is doing is fighting for what's best for the child in her care, on his or her behalf, but the way it is written just made me really irritated with her for her superior attitude towards everyone.
I greatly admire anyone who fosters children and I thank God that there are such kind and caring people about - but as a reader from what I guess is her target audience, I quickly became fed up with reading about processed food not being good for children, but OK as a once a week 'treat'; that TV time should be limited; they are all things that might be OK put into a "Child-Rearing for Dummies" book, but I felt that anyone with an interest in reading the type of book Ms Glass writes would be well aware of these facts, and she isn't going to 'score points' by letting everyone knows she lives by these rules.
The other thing I had a problem with was her constantly reassuring us that she wouldn't dare be having a gossip about the case of a child in her care, and wouldn't even share facts with other foster carers (or her own children) if she felt it was compromising confidentiality.............. and yet, here she is, writing complete books about the children who have been placed in her care, and sharing them with the world.
Perhaps I have got her totally wrong, but from just reading one book written by Cathy Glass, I don't see the saintly figure the other reviewers do......... I picture a woman with a holier-than-thou attitude, who obviously doesn't mind lowering her standards and breaking her silence for the profits made from book sales!
I'm really sorry if this upsets her fans, and I know I am in the minority here - but I'd be really interested to know if anyone does share my opinion! I have read many other books in this genre, and have always felt such admiration for the authors - this time I just felt really irritated!