Reviews for Spratly, on the SCBWI Book blast…

November 27, 2016Welcome

Maria Porter said on November 13, 2016:

  • I love this book and so did my class. It was a perfect book to start the new term.

FS Class said on November 4, 2016:


  • Wow! We loved this book. As a class, we enjoyed the rhyme and rhythm. It gave us an opportunity to discuss our worries about starting school and our class rules and expectations. We made our own unique worry fish and our displays of our very own ‘school of fish’ emphasised the fact that ‘we may all be different but in our school we all swim together.’ Thank you for inspiring amazing lesson plans.

Regan W. H. Macaulay said on November 4, 2016:


  • This book looks adorable! And I love a book about overcoming fears and anxieties – especially important these days.

Amita said on November 4, 2016:


  • I loved the book as did both my daughters. Beautifully written and illustrated. Thoughtfully incorporating the concerns children face and how they can be dealt with. Thank you for sharing your thoughts:-)

Benjamin Farr said on November 4, 2016:


  • ‘Don’t Worry Spratly’ is an enchanting story written and illustrated by Helen Sampson. With gorgeous illustrations and lyrical prose, Spratly takes the reader on a journey that enlivens, encourages and empowers children who are experiencing change and transition in their lives. This is an exceptional book that should be seen as an essential addition to any school, home or community library.

Anne said on November 3, 2016:


  • Fantastic book – my nieces love it! Well done Helen

Nuj said on November 3, 2016:


  • A beautifully illustrated book with well thought-out words. We love the encouraging messages    to help soothe the little ones over their worries. A great book indeed!

Carmen said on November 3, 2016:


  • Our family is moving home after 17 years living overseas. This book has helped me to ease my 10-year-old daughter’s anxiety about her new school and her new challenge to make new friends. Thank you, Helen, for such a beautiful book.

Sean N said on November 3, 2016:


  • I am writing this from the perspective of a 13-year-old. This book not only brought back nostalgia from my various moves up the school, it also made me wish I could’ve read it beforehand. It really captures typical fears of children particularly with their move from Infants to Juniors. These fears are all addressed in this encapsulating book – the connection I had immediately whilst reading this will reflect many anxious children who ‘feel a sense of doom, ‘I don’t want new classmates, I don’t want a new room!’. “Don’t Worry, Spratly” undoubtedly has a place in every child’s and school’s bookshelf. Maybe later, like me, they may read through it and swim back into their earlier years!

Maryanne said on November 2, 2016:


  • A delightful, charming and beautifully written and illustrated children’s book which will definitely help any child overcome any worries they may have in moving schools, moving up to “big” school or concerns in general. The activities at the end, especially making your own worry fish, are just an extra bonus! A definite must for all school libraries and also at home. Thanks, Spratly and Helen.

Sakina Sanaa said on November 2, 2016:


  • It’s a great book for both children and adults , beautiful illustrations and a lovely message for children and families with little ones going through change . Loved it ! 🙂

TravellingNessy said on November 2, 2016:


  • I have seen this book develop from start to finish. Nothing gives me         more pleasure than to share this book with children of friends or children at school. Helen worked really hard at making this perfect and it truly is. A beautiful story with excellent graphics and colours. A book that I’d love to see in all schools globally. No more worries ! Xx

Karen said on November 2, 2016:


  • The year 3 classes in my international school loved this book! It opened up many different discussion points and we had lots of fun making a worry fish to help with our anxieties as we moved up to Key Stage 2.

Adrene Nelson said on November 2, 2016:


  • This book is multi-dimensional – it has a great story, addresses a real issue, is entertaining and memorable through catching rhyme and vibrant colour and illustrations, is educational and also a great resource for both teachers and parents. The craft section also offers the child a tangible reminder of the message in the book. Kudos to Helen for such a well-thought out and beautifully executed book. It is Swimmingly Superb!

Angela Lock said on November 2, 2016:


  • My year 2 class adored this book. They thought the pictures used happy colours and it helped them feel less anxious about going into year 3. I highly recommend this original, thoughtful and beautifully illustrated book. Congratulations!

Fred Power said on November 2, 2016:


  • ‘Don’t worry Spratly’ is a great book , both visually beautiful and   carefully written. I would highly recommend it for families who are relocating and have young children. This book could help with making the transition and demystifying the feelings involved with such changes. Making the worry fish is also a great way to have a one to one chat with the child over their feelings about the change to come while sharing this activity.

Gill Burke said on November 2, 2016:


  • A wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, well done!

Julia Bell said on November 2, 2016:


  • Love the story, great reassuring message, and the illustrations are fantastic too! Julia Bell

Victoria said on October 18, 2016:


  • As a teacher, I have loved sharing this book with my class. We had lots of thoughtful discussions and created wonderful displays. The children explored the story and made their own Spratly fish. As a parent, it is a wonderful tool to open up opportunities for chats about worries and anxiety. It is a wonderfully told story with beautiful illustrations.

Samantha said on October 18, 2016:


  • A lovely book having many useful, positive messages to help children cope with change. My children thought the eye-catching illustrations and clever rhyming story were brilliant! In addition, the simple linked craft and discussion ideas make it a valuable resource for parents or teachers.

Sarah said on October 12, 2016:


  • Well written and beautiful illustrations. My class of 5-year-olds loved it!

Richard said on October 12, 2016:


  • A lovely story in verse in a colourful book produced especially for young children. Nothing else like it on the shelves. Truly wonderful and written with lots of thought. Congratulations!

Joy Knight said on October 12, 2016:


  • Brilliant book for children and adults. Well done Helen!

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