This is Kim's backpack. There's also an overdue notice that needs to be signed for an upcoming field trip and a few coins to let the teacher know that she is trying to pay her share. This is her story....
Tough Like Mum
Authored by Lana Button
Illustrated by Carmen Mok
* Ages: 3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Tundra Books
* Pub. Date: April 13, 2021
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This tender story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It will generate lots of discussion regarding different types of families and the struggles that some unfortunately experience.
Kim and her mom have a very special relationship. Both have to appear tough as her mom is plagued with bouts of depression that leave her unable to cope with her day. Often her mom is unable to get out of bed thus leaving Kim to fend for herself. Kim makes her own breakfast and school lunch, dresses herself, (hopefully adequately) for the cold weather outside, and tries to solve problems that only an adult is capable of fixing for her. She then comes home from school and takes care of her beloved mom by making her soup to eat as she hasn't eaten all day. The black cloud that envelops her mom lifts.
Both mother and daughter need to show toughness to survive the difficult hand that they have been dealt in life but together they can make it through another day. They are bonded by love and they acknowledge that sometimes being tough opens you up to vulnerablity by needing other's to help you too. I highly recommend this book.
Meet the Author
LANA BUTTON was born in the tiny town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She trained in theater, performing on TV, film and stage, and now works in early childhood education. Lana is the author of numerous books for children including Willow's Whispers and What if Bunny's NOT a Bully? Lana and her husband live in Burlington, Ontario, with their dog and their cat, and they have three amazing daughters who are all grown up, but will thankfully still listen to picture books.
About the Illustrator
CARMEN MOK is an award-winning illustrator with prior experience in product design, hand-lettering and graphic design. After studying studio art at University of Waterloo and design at Sheridan College, she decided to dedicate herself to children's illustration. She is the illustrator of Grandmother's Visit, written by Betty Quan, and Waiting for Sophie, written by Sarah Ellis. Grandmother's Visit was selected as the picture book honor title of the 2018-2019 Asian/Pacific American Award, and made the 2019 short list for the IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award. Carmen lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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