Mummy Wears Blue Shoes
By Scott Furlong
About the Author: Scott Furlong resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on a 10-acre equine property. He retired from the Queensland Police Service after 20 years’ service in December 2019. He was a detective for 18 years and worked in Homicide, Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Task Force, Organised Crime and Officer in Charge of a Criminal Investigation Branch. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and has completed a Masters of Professional Studies (Research). His love of learning didn’t develop until he was in his early 40s.
A strong, powerful, illustrated children’s book that looks at how difficult it can be to have to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within a family unit. A book that shows how to talk about this mental health illness with young children while using shoes as a metaphor for feelings
Emily is five-years-old. She wears pink ballerina shoes and wants to be a ballerina when she grows up. Emily’s mummy and daddy are both special police officers called detectives. Lately, Emily has noticed that her mummy hasn’t been spending time with her. She has stopped taking her to dancing lessons and her older brother, Jackson, to his rugby lessons. One night, Emily sees her mummy crying on the sofa being comforted by her daddy. At a family meeting Emily learns that her mummy is poorly with something that the doctor calls Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mummy Wears Blue Shoes is a heart-warming story about a family who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a story written about a family, for families, by a family, by author Scott Furlong with illustrations by his cousin Emma Cahill.
Scott Furlong has written MUMMY WEARS BLUE SHOES, to provide support for families living with PTSD and depression, to provide a conversation starter that parents can have with their children and family so they can understand why the family dynamic has changed, and that it is going to be alright, and to provide comfort and reassurance to children and families. This book is a good stepping stone into talking to children about PTSD, but also to allow them to understand that it is okay to talk about their feelings in a supportive and safe environment.
MUMMY WEARS SHOES is the perfect book for families who are living with post-traumatic stress disorder. However, it is also a book that could open up the idea of all mental health issues which is important to tackle at an early stage to break down the stigma. This book would also appeal to families who work in policing and emergency services.
MUMMY WEARS BLUE SHOES is Scott’s debut novel.
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong (published by Clink Street Publishing 27th August 2020 RRP £9.99 paperback £2.39 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including Amazon and to order from all good bookstores.
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