I was recently approached by Macmillan Children’s Books to review a new book called The Strongest Mum By Nicola Kent. Book reviews aren’t my usual thing, but after reading the press release, the story really struck a chord with me.
As I have well documented in my blog, I have struggled with mental health problems, which really amplified after the birth of my second child. With having an older daughter and trying to explain postnatal depression to her in an understanding way, which wouldn’t scare her, I have found this book extremely helpful to get onto the subject.
The story is about a little bear and his mum who is the ‘Strongest Mum In The World’. To little bear his mum seems invincible and he keeps giving her more, and more things to carry and they both realise she can only hold so much and that he also needs to help. This story is a gentle reminded to children to be kind to your parents as everyone has their limit and that it’s good to be helpful and also reminds us as parents that we can only take on so much and we need to be mindful of our mental wellbeing.
I have been reading this to my Jasmine who is five and half and the message has come across easily to her. She told me what she liked most about the story was the picture of mum’s handbag with ‘millions’ of things in it as it’s just like mummy’s bag. Jasmine loved the colourful pictures and really enjoyed all the different animals in the book. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been making an effort to help each other out around the house and Jasmine is now helping with tidying up time and also the dishwasher.
This story doesn’t just depict the struggles of mental health, but also the daily struggles as a parent and taking on far too much, which I think every parent can relate too.
The Strongest Mum is available to purchase from the 8th February 2018. Click here to order.
About the Author
Nicola Kent graduated from the prestigious Cambridge School of Art MA with a distinction and was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2016. She worked for ten years as a television producer at the BBC and Channel 4 before following her dream of becoming an author and illustrator of children’s books. Nicola lives in London with her partner and two children.