Griffin has a secret in his heart that nobody else knows - until he meets Layla.Griffin Silk is from an uncommon sort of family, parents When he meets Layla, a princess with a daisy chain crown, he knows he's found a friend.
So Griffin shares his inner thoughts with her and together they find a way to deal with his secret. Just like the mythical beast whose name he bears, Griffin discovers he has the courage of a lion. But it will take a friend like Layla to help him find the answers.
Whilst this book deals with some of the most difficult themes you're likely to come across in books for its target age range, Millard does it with such quiet tenderness that it doesn't overwhelm. Indeed, like the adult characters inside the book, Millard enters the world children inhabit without patronising them, but rather with immense respect, sincerity and creativity. The stories we tell ourselves in an attempt to make sense of the world around us, adjusting to different family setups when new babies are born, sibling jealousy, and the value of having space and taking time to think form some of the varied threads woven throughout this precious book (from review Playing by the Book)
- Family story
- Themes: loss, hope, strength, love
- Black and white illustrations
- 96 pages
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