When we talk about ‘British values’, it can be hard to pin down what we really mean. On hearing the phrase, you might immediately think of things like queueing, or having a cup of tea with a friend. Or you might think of values like democracy, freedom and fairness. Our book Grobblechops explores one of the most important values for young people to learn: tolerance and acceptance towards people who are different from you.
At the beginning of the story, Amir is too frightened to go to bed. He thinks there might be a monster under his bed who wants to eat him up! But his dad reassures him that if there is a monster, they might just end up making friends instead.
Although Amir has some initial prejudices — he thinks all monsters are scary and want to eat children — when he actually meets Grobblechops he realises that they actually have a lot in common.
What we commonly think of as British values aren’t about where you come from or what you look like — perhaps they’re not even British values at all, just human ones. Grobblechops helps children to understand that when we make an effort to understand those who are different from us, we create a happier world for everyone.
- Read a blog: How Grobblechops helps children overcome the fear of the unknown
- Book Trust pick Grobblechops as one of their best new books!
- Watch Elizabeth Laird give her three pieces of advice for aspiring authors
- Read a review by Mama Filz: Grobblechops is a top book for bedtime!
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