Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
The Little Princess is rather famous. She has a whole series of books, and a TV show. Probably her best known book is I Want My Potty. But this Children’s Hour isn’t about I Want my Potty, it’s about I Want my Mum. I Want My Mum is a bit of a favourite with our toddlers at the moment, God knows why! Personally it really grates at me. While there is the bit of a lesson that all Little Princess books hold (that it’s ok to be separated from your Mum- it will be okay) most of the time the Little Princess seems a bit spoilt. At any provocation she will scream “I WANT MY MUM”, and nobody else will be good enough (even though at one point she has three other people pandering to her desires. And Mum always comes. In fact even when she doesn’t scream at the end it’s only because she has crisps and a video to occupy her. I suppose it’s another instance of giving the kids a chance to shout, or maybe it’s that they can shout about Mummy who they may well miss themselves.
I do generally like The Little Princess. She’s not the perfect, girly princess you usually see, and I like that. I would rather the kids aspired to be normal like her than like the perfect disney princess type figure.
Buy I Want my Mum: