Author: David Cahn / Illustrated by: Molly Pukes
Umar is about a young boy who loves keys and locks. It shows him observing the adults in his life use them, how he is determined to get opportunities to use them, how he works hard to figure the intricacies of them out, how he copes with frustration and challenge of it all and finally the satisfaction of meeting his own goals.
It’s a simple story about a boy interested in something very mundane but will appeal to young children.
“This deceptively simple little book illustrates how tuning into young children’s interests can help adults to understand what learning through play really involves. It’s not all fun or light-hearted. It’s not done to please others or get a sticker; the goal is the child’s own and requires persistence, risk-taking and willingness to make mistakes. David’s commentary helps the adult reader see the full picture”
Helen Moylett, Early Years Consultant, Trainer and Writer.
Watch David on YouTube talking about his book
David Cahn is an Early Years professional caring for and teaching 2 year olds and running a lunch time playgroup for SEN and high needs children in Reception at a primary school in Leeds. He is interested in playwork, attachment theory, neuroscience and adults doing our best to treat young children like full human beings in the here and now.
Umar is his first book, which he self-published and released in July 2019