Matt’s Swirly World: Children’s Book by Madeleine Matthews – Review by Kerry Baker

Matt's swirly worldMatt’s swirly world by Madeleine Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matt’s Swirly World by Madeleine Matthews is the perfect portrayal of the stages kids go through and how, as a parent, understanding these stages better equips you to deal with them.
I was unsure at first as to whether or not I should try this book. My little one is younger than the recommended age for children but as a parent I was drawn to the teachings it alluded to. So, slightly dubious, I decided I would give it a try.
My initial thoughts were that my little one definitely would not understand this, and actually even by the age of 3 I would still question if their level of understanding would be developed enough. For me it is perfect for kids of school age, who are going through a lot emotionally in terms of development.
However, as a parent this book hit every aspect. Although my little one might not understand it, I can still see how she is going through these emotions. It helped to conceptualise what she might be going through and brought me a whole new level of understanding on how to deal with. I am so glad that I gave this book the benefit of the doubt and it is one that I will definitely shelve for later when I know my little one will benefit from us reading it together.

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