Book Review: Who’s Been in Our Tree? by Diana Batchelor.

When
I was a kid our house was burgled, and I remember this overwhelming
feeling of not wanting to ever go back inside. We didn’t have any
kind of resources or support as a family, so when we were offered the
chance to review Who’s Been In Our Tree? by Diana Batchelor I felt
very honoured to have the chance to feature this lovely book on our
blog.
Who’s
Been In Our Tree? is a book written with a very important purpose, to
help children and families cope with life after a burglary. The story
follows four cute characters, Fox, Badger, Hedgehog and Squirrel, who return home to their tree after
they’ve been burgled.
George
and Molly were so excite to read it, the cover is extremely inviting
and bright, with gorgeous illustrations. We opened up the book and
began to read, and I have to say I was very impressed indeed!
Firstly, the illustrations are inviting, bright and just so adorable…

Secondly,
the actual writing is clear, concise and grammatically correct, which
is incredibly important to me when I know for a fact my children are
learning from every book they read. I read the words and as the story
unfolded Molly pointed out how some of the characters were girls;
this made her so happy.

I
thought this book was absolutely fantastic, and if you know me well
you’ll know I am a tough reviewer! I thought the story was very sweet
and simple to follow and the different characters and their reactions
to the burglary allow each child to connect and relate to a
particular character and reaction to the situation. I loved how the
book deals with anger, sadness, fears and anxiety in such simple
ways, even I could relate to the characters as they tried to push
forward after their tree house had been burgled. 

 
Both
George and Molly related to characters and listened intently as I
read the book aloud to them both. Afterwards we enjoyed talking about
the various parts as suggested at the back of the book, and of course
we tried out the Flippety Floppety Rabbit Dance which was pretty hilarious but also
fantastic for loosening up our bodies and getting rid of all the stresses of life! The resources at the back of the book are just as useful as the actual book itself, and I really believe it can help children who have been burgled, but also children who have experienced other kinds of trauma or live with any kind of anxiety or stress.
We
absolutely adore this book, and even though we haven’t experienced
anything like this in our children’s lifetime, but it’s great to know
there are resources out there to help heal and guide children (and
parents) after such an event.
You
can get a copy of Who’s Been in Our Tree from Troubador or Amazon for ¬£6.99.
Disclosure: We received this book in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. 
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2 Comments

  1. 21st September 2017 / 7:53 pm

    This is a topic I've never raised with the kids, even though we were burgled when I was younger and remember the pure devastation from the fallout. The book sounds like a great way to deal with a traumatising event

  2. 22nd September 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Great review and a brilliant book. Thanks for sharing your experiences it will be helping others.

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