From the Cover of Secret, Secret by Daisy Law:
“There are lots of different types of secrets – some to keep, some to tell, some to lock up and others to yell! In this book there are secrets of all kinds – open up and see what you find.
This charming picture book subtly explores the different types of secrets children may have and encourages them to feel confident to share their secrets. It will be perfect for any child aged 3-7 who has trouble opening up and provides a great opportunity for discussing the things we should and shouldn’t keep secret. The book also includes a section at the end for adults on how to respond to disclosures.
Daisy Law has over 17 years experience as a teacher of English and literacy. As a teacher, she has been trained in safeguarding and understands the importance of children being able to disclose secrets. She lives in France with her children, who teach her about being young, happy and full of enthusiasm for exploring the world. www.daisylaw.site“
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 3 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
Secret, Secret appears to be for children ages 3-7, although it seems that the work may appeal more to kids on the lower end of this age spectrum. The book appears to be well suited for any type of family, However, it will have a more significance in the lives of foster and adoptive families, since many children from traumatic backgrounds have had to keep harmful secrets and/or disclose secrets.
Daisy Law’s book is essentially a picture book. The illustrations are quite colorful and appear to have ink and watercolor qualities to them. While the images appear to do well engaging children in the target age group, they may not be quite as well executed as other books we have reviewed. However, the images do complete the task of creating interesting visuals that almost have an Indian inspired color palette.
The word count on each page is low which is helps to keep the attention of younger children as the reading goes quickly. Due to low word content the ideas and concepts might be a bit abstract for young kids to grasp. The book does include a helpful guide at the end directed to caregivers so that they understand how to utilize the book and handle disclosures. If you’re looking for a book that will introduce a conversation, you will do well with this book.
Overall, Secret, Secret holds the standards that Transfiguring Adoption looks for in a book that will be beneficial to families. We would suggest that caregivers read the guide in the back and be prepared to engage your child in conversation to get the full benefits that this work has to offer.
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It’s Your Turn:
- What is a secret?
- What are two examples of a happy secret?
- How do you know it’s a happy secret?
- What is one example of a bad secret?
- How do you know it’s a bad secret?
- When is it okay NOT to keep a secret?
- Who are safe people to tell about a bad/scary secret?