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Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies

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From the Cover of Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“Charley Chatty likes shiny things, especially shiny pennies. Sometimes Charley thinks her siblings get more than her so she likes to keep the pennies safe in her pocket.

Charley spots some pennies lying around the house, and puts them in her piggy bank. But she gets very nervous when her dad starts looking for the missing pennies. Luckily, Charley’s dad is good at working out what might, have happened and helps Charley to put it all right again.”



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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 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:

This book appears to target foster and adoptive families and seems to be best suited for children ages 3 – 10 years of age. This tale explores the themes of stealing or hoarding as well as lying when caught in the act of stealing. Like the other books in the series, this tale seems to give a true to life situation which will allow families to open up to healthy dialogue.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

The story centers around Charley Chatty, who is an adoptive little girl found within the other books of the series. This tale is the second book that centers on this character. The book hones in on Charley’s habit of taking things that do not belong to her. Specifically taking things around her adoptive home that belong to her siblings or parents.

As was mentioned above, the story introduces a situation that could be plucked from many foster or adoptive homes. This will allow families to utilize this story as a great discussion piece within their home. The book introduces Charley’s motivation for taking things, her feelings throughout the course of the act, and an example of how parents can successfully react to the situation.

As always the books from this series end with a section written to caregivers explaining the reasoning behind trauma-caused behaviors. This last section also explains how therapeutic parents should respond to these problematic situations. All the while explaining the science and psychology in a way in which you don’t have to be a professional therapist to understand.

Transfiguring Adoption overall finds this book very applicable and fun for a foster or adoptive family. Charley Chatty would be a great addition to a foster/adoptive family bookshelf.


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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How did “sharing” Sophie’s things make Charley feel?
  2. Why do you think Charley yelled at her dad?
  3. Why does have a good feeling in her chest at the end?
  4. Does Charley’s dad still love her after she took the pennies?
  5. How do you think Sophie felt when her pennies were missing?
  6. How do you think Sophie felt when Charley gave the pennies back?

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Callum Kindly And The Very Weird Child – Book Review

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From the Cover of Callum Kindly And The Very Weird Child by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“Callum Kindly is a kind and caring boy who lives alone with his mum. That is, until Katie Careful comes to stay with them. Callum thinks Katie is a very weird child!

Katie manages to get in the way whenever Callum wants to speak to his mum or have snuggle time. She cries and sulks on his birthday and she steal his toy car. Luckily, hi mum can explain to him how Katie’s difficulties when she was growing up means she acts differently now.”

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 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:

The target audience for this book appears to be for foster families and written for kids ages 3- 10. While many tales from this series are told from the point of view of a foster child, this story is told from the point of view of a biological child welcoming a foster child into the family. Thus, this book appears to be a good fit for families with children who will be experiencing the changes and challenges that go along with welcoming a new foster child into the home. We appreciated that the family portrayed is a culturally mixed family unit with a single mother of color, her biological son, and a young caucasian foster daughter.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

As was mentioned above the tale centers on the life of Callum Kindly as he experiences challenges and changes to his single parent home when the family welcomes a foster daughter. The story will be very true to the emotions and events of many children as Callum’s excitement for welcoming a child quickly turns to frustration. Callum experiences a prized toy being taken without permission and broken. Callum also seems unable to get personal time with his mother as the new foster daughter doesn’t seem to allow him to spend time alone with mom.

Transfiguring Adoption appreciates that this book, as the others in the series, contains a message to parents at the end of the book. The message effectively and simply teaching you, the caregiver, how the story illustrates various needs and emotions in the story. More importantly you are told how to significantly impact your biological, foster and/or adoptive child’s life in situations similar to the story.

Transfiguring Adoption overall finds this book very applicable and fun for a foster or adoptive family. It will surely create an atmosphere where your children can talk about their emotions and thoughts effectively with you, the parent.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why do you think Callum wanted to help a foster child?
  2. Why do you think Katie took Callum’s new birthday present?
  3. Why do you think Katie broke Callum’s car?
  4. What do you think makes Callum feel better in the story?
  5. Are you ever angry or sad toward a new child in the home? When?

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William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper

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From the Cover of William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“William Wobbly is having lots of wobbly feelings one morning, but his mum is too busy to notice.
William Wobbly’s worries worsen when he notices changes at school. ‘Where’s my real teacher?!’ he wonders. He hides under his desk and he chews holes into his jumper, but even that doesn’t take the wobbly feelings away. Luckily, his mum is there to help him cope when he’s afraid.”

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 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:

The target audience for this book appears to be for foster or adoptive families. The book also appears to be written for kids ages 3- 10 and directly deals with the topic of anxiety which could quickly come over a child from a traumatic background.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

This story is the second tale the authors have created with this boy being the main character [find the other story here]. As in the first book this story involves William Wobbly, a boy who seems to be quickly overwhelmed by sensory input and strange surroundings.

The second tale seems to center around activities happening as William gets ready for and attends school. William’s day seems to be very busy and his anxious feelings begin to build throughout the day until he hides from the teacher at school.

This story seems to include a true picture of the typical day in the life of a foster or adoptive kiddo. The building of William’s anxiety also seems to be true to life and an issue that other children will be able to relate to. The story also relates various coping techniques which the adoptive mom employees to help William and can be used by caregivers in real life. It is noted also that there is a short message to caregivers in the back of the book to help them grow and become better at meeting children where they are at.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What made the wobbly feeling get bigger for William?
  2. Why was he nervous about his teacher?
  3. How did his mum make him feel better?
  4. Some noises make William feel wobbly and nervous. What kinds of noises make you feel wobbly?
  5. How does your mum or dad make you feel safe/better?

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