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Tuesday 9 November 2021

Review: The Bench

The launch of this picture book follows the tradition of other famous members of the Royal family in publishing books that carry a message close to their heart.

Written by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and illustrated by Caldecott-winning and bestselling artist Christian Robinson – this story celebrates the bond between father and son.

The simple but elegant illustrations are softened by the use of watercolours. The illustrations convey a sense of reflection - much like having children in our lives. It changes how adults look at the world and their lives.

Depicted from the eyes of the mother, this story was first written as a poem. 

With the accompaniment of illustrations, it translates effortlessly into a story of trust, discovery, learning and comfort. It highlights the warmth and joy between a father and son as the relationship and bond evolves.

The message of diversity and tolerance is evident in this budding relationship as life around you stumbles and grows. The reader is taken on a journey and no matter what happens you will always have support.

Families and parents will resonate with this story of love and support. Our parents are often the rock in our lives and our biggest supporter. When life throws you a curveball, it is always reassuring that we can be who we want to be and know the one sure thing is our anchor (bench).

This simplistic but elegant story has many layers. It highlights we can be true to ourselves and trust in the parent/child bond or in this case father/son bond. This bond gives us courage and strength. This is the perfect book to sit in your favourite space and read with your child.

Title: The Bench
Author: Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Penguin UK, $24.99
Publication Date: 18 June 2021
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780241542217
For Ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Books