Dubai Mum’s book review of the week

Expat author Stefanie Opitz on why her book can help kids say 'goodbye'


“Why are you sad, Mummy?” My four-year-old couldn’t work out why I was weeping during bedtime stories. “It’s just the story, darling, I’m just thinking about friends who have left Dubai.” “But you Skype them all the time?” she reminded me. This book is an excellent introduction to the perils of living in a transient expat culture, where friendships are all the more intense because they replace family. Which is why, when people move on – and they do, frequently – you are left with a greater sense of loss than normal. The good but not spectacular animal adventures in this book help kids to understand that feeling and realise that although your friends may not be in Dubai, they remain in your heart.

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