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Hot Cup of Chocolate (Paperback) (Rose Stanley)
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In Johan’s world, he thinks that most problems can be solved by drinking a magical’ cup of hot chocolate. Johan lives in a stable family. He befriends Henry who has problems at home. Initially this is only hinted at and might be seen by an adult, but not so clearly by a child. As the interactions between the two boys develop, it is obvious that something is not right at Henry’s home and it boils over into the young friend’s school life. This book appears to be written for those in stable family settings, to understand the dilemmas that some children face, and to explain why they might need to talk to someone. The author and illustrator have worked together to give young readers some insight into strong emotions and show that class mates who can be hard to get on with may be suffering in some way. It also beautifully encourages them to be supportive and understanding of their friend during the good days and bad.