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There’s something immensely touching about Rebecca Cobb’s words and illustrations, both of which seem very much to capture what it is to be a child, rather than present an adult’s-eye view of what someone thinks it might or should be. In this story, for example, a little girl doesn’t really want to stop playing and eat her lunch. She’s not ill, or grumpy; it’s not that she doesn’t like the food that’s on offer – she’s simply not in an eating mood. Sound familiar? Of course it does! In the end, Cobb’s young protagonist enlists the help of a trio of not-so scary wild animals to polish off her soup and sandwich for her; maybe next time one of your charges is ‘simply not in an eating mood’, a similarly obliging crew of creatures could be conjured up to assist with plate-clearing?

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