[OZTL_NET] REVIEW: Parachute (Pre-2)

Louise Koch louise.koch at iinet.net.au
Thu Oct 17 01:20:21 AEDT 2013

Matt Ottley has also set this book to beautiful music. It is well worth purchasing this to accompany the book. 

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On 16/10/2013, at 5:41 AM, "Barbara Braxton" <barbara.288 at bigpond.com> wrote:


Danny Parker

Matt Ottley

Little Hare, 2013

hbk., 32 pp., RRP $A24.99


Every morning Toby puts on his parachute.  It's the one thing that helps him get
through his day.  It helps him get out of bed in the morning, navigating that
long climb from the top bunk. It helps him get off the breakfast bar stool, and
the bathroom stool after he's brushed his teeth. Wherever he goes, that
parachute gives him strength and courage. Until he lends it to his cat Henry
when Henry gets stuck up a tree and Toby finds himself way up high without it.

This is a sensitive, beautifully illustrated story of a little boy who takes the
first steps from anxiety to independence. It offers reassurance for those who
are straddling the chasm, wanting the security of the known on one side yet also
seeking the adventure of the unknown on the other.  It would have a great place
in a discussion with parents or their children about making the leap to big
school, perhaps encouraging them to think in advance of strategies that will
help them face a situation if it arises, as well as helping the more confident
think about how they deal with such things and the sorts of encouragement they
can offer if a friend is struggling.  Help them know how to fill their friend's
bucket of confidence rather than dipping into it.

This would be a perfect purchase to offer Foundation teachers as a read-aloud
for that first week of Term 1, 2014.  (Make sure you take the cover off and
share it with them first - great thinking-starter!)  Just magical.  


Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services) 



barbara.288 at bigpond.com

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