10 Mar 2016

The Modest Tortoise & The Horrible Hare

We all know the story of the hare and the tortoise. The Modest Tortoise & The Horrible Hare by John Mill is a modern take on that ancient classic. It is actually more than just a story. John brings his experience as a hypnotherapist and child counsellor into play and talks about building confidence, self-esteem and self-belief.

The Modest Tortoise & The Horrible Hare

The Modest Tortoise feels different. He is slow, his skin is dark and he has a shell that he can never cast off. He wants to be like the others at school and be able to fit in. His so-called friend, the Horrible Hare, is the playground bully we all hope our child will never encounter in all their days at school. The Horrible Hare picks on the Modest Tortoise and bullies him.

Enter Wise Nanna Tortoise, who, with the wisdom of the ages, picks up on what is bothering Modest Tortoise. She talks of good secrets and bad secrets and why Modest Tortoise should not keep the bad ones to himself. She goes on to build his self-belief and gives him the confidence to be himself and stand up to the bully.

The Modest Tortoise & The Horrible Hare is a story of self-belief, a book every child could do with reading. Reading it with your child could start conversations where your child opens up and tells you if something is bothering them. The author has listed therapeutic questions to help us have a heart-to-heart talk with our children.

The book is a reminder to all parents to make themselves available to their children at all times, to listen to their concerns and to handle them with compassion. The Modest Tortoise tells us to praise their achievements and to appreciate their uniqueness. Every child is amazing, every child should be able to follow their heart and live their dreams.

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

8 comments:

  1. Oh I'd love to have a read of this. Sadly my daughter gets teased at times and this could be a book to help us through it. Thanks for sharing. Angela from Daysinbed

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  2. My son would love this story! It sounds like a great way to introduce the concept of bullying and make it easier for children to open up :)

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  3. Such a good story behind the words and if it can help any children have the courage to speak up then it's great x

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  4. This sounds like a great educative book. Will check it out.

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  5. I haven't seen this - it sounds great though. I am all for anything that helps with self esteem. Kaz x

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  6. I think its incredibly important that we highlight bullying to children as young as possible so they no its never acceptable

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  7. sounds like a lovely book and a good take on the old story plus he can help parents and their kids communicate better

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  8. Hi I'm the author. Thanks for your kind words and I'd like to thank Vai for this lovely review.
    I'd like to give away a free signed copy if Vai wants to think of a competition?

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