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By: Thomasina Farrell

The Girl and the Mirror

Pages: 24 Ratings: 5.0
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Who hasn’t looked in the mirror and not liked what they saw?The author, Thomasina Farrell, has a particular passion for disability and mental health work and has recognized the nearly universal nature of a lack of self-worth.It is the aim of this book to heighten people’s ability to recover and thrive if they open themselves to access assistance.The story is enhanced by Malcolm Richards’ brilliant, emotive illustrations and the book can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Thomasina Farrell is a nun in an Anglican order in South Australia. She emigrated to Australia in her twenties from Britain. She has studied languages, music, nursing, disability, and mental health work. She is currently studying creative writing. She has had poems published under various pen names, but this is her first book illustrated by the renowned artist, Malcolm Richards.

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  • Vivian Garner

    When I first opened the book, I was expecting a simple illustrated children’s story but it proved to be much more than that. The Girl and the Mirror is a simple, age appropriate story with clear, brightly coloured illustrations. The story addresses brilliantly the problem of achieving self-worth and self-acceptance that is a part of every child’s development. The language is simple, the story straightforward, the characterisation from a child’s point of view; the mirror is drawn as an active character, the helper as child sized. The illustrations are cheerfully done and support the optimism of the message. The final description of the reconstructed mirror avoids the cliché of a simple happy-ever-after; the lesson of the mirror is instead acceptance and appreciation of difference. I enjoyed it, found it surprising and worth a second and third read to appreciate the subtleties: a children’s story that is a worthwhile addition to any children’s library.

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