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Hattie and Friends ‘A Day at the Farm’ by Lesley Berrington
Illustrated by Karen Middleton

A Book Review by Beverly Guest our Charity Champion

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I was instantly drawn to this book having seen the front and back cover, respectively. Having read the synopsis on the back cover, I was truly curious to delve in as it explained how the series of books aimed to show how children of all abilities could enjoy a day out.

The book is particularly user friendly with clear type and beautifully colourful illustrations which as the book says, it serves to promote a positive inclusive image of disability for children.

The series is unique from anything I have ever read concerning disabilities in a fictional setting. Like many, you could find yourself looking at the illustrations and reading the text waiting for the disability to be mentioned or highlighted.

This is where the author has brilliantly got rid of the box so to speak and done things differently. And it is fabulous! I absolutely love how the story reads and although the illustrations may depict a disability, the story is very careful NOT to mention it. and that is the whole point!

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The story serves to prove that the day out is still a lovely day out INCLUSIVE of all. Disability is part of our everyday life, and the author has brilliantly ensured that her books visually include all types of characters. The characters are not defined by their disability, they are who they are.

By being able to see positive images of disability within a story, this encourages a message that shows acceptance, awareness and understanding of all. The author has succeeded beautifully in telling a story without highlighting a disability and how to incorporate it without making it the actual story. if you see what I mean.

This lovely story about a trip to a farm shows children that you can be friends with anyone regardless and have fun whatever. By introducing the disability via the character rather than highlighting it, it becomes an inclusive story which will positively encourage respectful attitudes.

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I loved this book in its whole entirety. and the ethos behind why the author has created these books is totally admirable. I would definitely recommend the whole series of these books by the author, to serve as positive role models to all children.

Primary schools and educational settings may also want to include them, as the author asks in the back of the book ‘How Inclusive is your Bookshelf?’ 

Absolutely fabulous! Beautiful book, glossy, clear, and concise, expertly illustrated, and inclusive. Love love it!

Buy your inclusive books from Hattie and Friends here; https://hattieandfriends.com/

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