No Matter What by Debi Gliori

No Matter What by Debi Gliori

I’m grim and grumpy,” says Small to Large, “and I don’t think you love me at all.” But nothing could be further from the truth–and Large knows just how to reassure Small.

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No Matter What by Debi Gliori

A simple yet well-written rhyming book exploring the idea of unconditional love. ‘Small’ an anxious, grim and grumpy character who is feeling unloved is comforted by ‘Large’ that he is loved. Small poses many scenario questions ‘what if I was..’ to Large who replies each time ‘I’ll always love you, no matter what’. The storey also touches on everlasting love and bereavement when Large tells Small that love carries on when someone dies. The comparison of love after death, to a star that still shines bright even though it died long ago is a lovely example and way to explain everlasting love to younger children.

No Matter What by Debi Gliori

The stars feature heavily in the illustrations too remind those who have read it before how stars are always there, just sometimes we can’t see them. I really like the simplicity of the storey getting straight to the point of putting big worries (particularly about love) to rest. I also really like the idea that the two characters are merely a small character and a larger one, the relationship could be any number of things, small and their: mother, father, older sibling, cousin, grandparent, friend or foster parent/ carer. It is not necessarily a mum with unconditional love it’s all the people in smalls life. I think this makes the storey more accessible to many more children who have a less conventional home life. A good book for reading to a class particularly for use in PSHE or RE and would work well from reception…

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