Ms Cliff the Climber


Ms Cliff the Climber by Allan Ahlberg and Fritz Wegner is another Happy Families book that is part of the UK Primary School Curriculum.

Mini read the book herself and I was just listening. As far as the reading bit goes, it went well. The understanding bit, probably not quite.

The authors wanted to touch on the subject of divorce and single parenting in a light hearted manner and I think they have achieved it successfully.

The core message of this story is, that people divorce but that is not the end of the world.  In reality,  adult readers of this book might find it frivolous, because they know that divorce, for whatever reason, is quite traumatic for the children involved. However for a child, it might be different. Depends obviously on the individual child, whether they would react positively or negatively to this story, but I like the attempt on this subject.

As far as we were concerned, Mini is not yet aware of parents splitting up and she could not fathom the idea for a while. I did not want to go into a deep discussion about it either (mainly because I was sewing) so we laughed about Ms Cliffs’ adventure and marrying again. A lovely little story with gorgeous illustration.