Sunday, 25 May 2014
Blue Jeans, written by Veronika Sophia Robinson, and illustrated by Susan Merrick
Review of Blue Jeans in The Mother magazine
Blue Jeans is a heart warming story that at its heart tugs at every mother’s heart. It’s the story of how children grow too quickly as is evidenced by the rate they grow out of their clothing.
Written from the perspective of a pair of blue jeans, this book covers quite a number of themes: moving, making new friends, accepting changes, letting go of someone we love, and the value of recycling and upcycling. While probably not meant to be the central themes of this book, they do come up and would make great talking points with younger children.
Blue Jeans belonged to a city family, but when he was outgrown, he moved to the country as hand-me-down jeans for a country cousin. On the farm at his new home, he quickly grows to love the differences between city and country and falls in love with the country way of life.
The book paints an idyllic picture of life, with TV-free evenings, children doing chores on the farm, gathering wood, collecting herbs and vegetables to store for the Winter and sell at the market.
When the mother in the story patches his knees and passes him on to a younger sibling, Blue Jeans is happy again to have a few more years of adventures with his country family.
Blue Jeans is perfect for those who enjoy a longer bed time story.