William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper: A story about fear and coping (Therapeutic Parenting Books) ISBN: 9781785922817
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017
What is wonderful about this series of books is that they have a dual purpose: they teach parents how to handle children with problems in a loving and non-judgemental way, and they also are good children's stories. Aimed at adopted and fostered children and their new parents, they show some of the common behavioural and physical problems that children who have suffered in the early years of their lives can exhibit. Each book has pages at the end to give parents advice on using the stories. In this one, William is the star, the second time he has appeared in the series. William is a serious worrier; it affects him physically and mentally and makes him do odd things. One morning he wakes up feeling very wobbly indeed, and his mum, who is very busy, doesn't seem to notice. The wobbly feelings get worse, and William begins to chew on his jumper. At school there is a new problem. When the teacher arrives, William thinks she is not is own teacher at all, and this throws him into a panic. He ends up under the table, still chewing on his jumper and mum must be called. She joins him under the table and helps him to calm down; then she gives him her hankie to chew on instead of the jumper. He sits by his 'special teacher' then, and all seems well. In this story, William seems to have some of the aspects of a child on the autistic spectrum - disliking change, needing to sit in the same place always, unusual behaviours, finding noise difficult to handle. His mum handles him well, as she does his sister, Sophie Spikey, who has been unkind to him. Written by a mum who has had five adopted children, the books in this series will prove invaluable to those who must deal with children with serious background difficulties. The pictures are wonderfully simple and effective, full of grey and brown and taupe, with solid characters - very reassuring. Available from Amazon, from good book shops, and from the publisher: www.jkp.com.