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Break the Mould by Sinéad Burke

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By Swirl and Thread

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“There are SO MANY PEOPLE in this world. 7.53 BILLION to be exact. But there is only one of me and one of you. You are enough JUST AS YOU ARE….”– Sinéad Burke

“A very important book encouraging us all to celebrate the uniqueness and gift of our own and others’ differences, while recognising all of that which we share in common.”
– Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Break the Mould by Sinéad Burke is published with Wren & Rook (Hachette Children’s Group Imprint). Wonderfully illustrated by Natalie Byrne, this gem of a book is brilliantly described by Chris O’ Dowd as ‘a lovely lesson in humanity for eager young humans’

It is no surprise that Break the Mould has been shortlisted for the ‘2020 AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS – CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR’. This is a very important book, one that should be in every school and every home allowing children the opportunity to read about a very positive and inclusive future, one in which they can be a major player teaching us all how to be better people.

Break the Mould is divided into ten very inspiring chapters, each with a compelling and motivating message. Sinéad writes in a very authentic style that is open and approachable for all ages. I was quite emotional reading sections as I remembered myself growing up the youngest of four with my hands permanently on my hips trying to be heard. A book like Break the Mould gives every child the confidence to use their voice to help make our world, our society a better place.

“I want to ENCOURAGE you to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, to have pride in who you are and to find COMFORT in your own skin, to be CURIOUS about the world around you, to DISCOVER your voice, and to DREAM as big as you can”– Sinéad Burke

I feel very passionately about this book. We are never too old to change, to make change happen and to listen. There is a current movement across the world of young people voicing their concerns for our planet and striving to change attitudes towards difference. Sinéad Burke’s book brings this movement into the classroom in a very open, friendly and effective manner.

Using personal anecdotes from her own life, Sinéad Burke gives the reader an insight into a few of the many challenges she encountered growing up in a world that wasn’t built for her. With encouragement from her family, she was never led to believe that anything was unachievable. Break the Mould is Sinéad Burke’s way of giving back to the world and giving all our children the words and the methods to express themselves and to be who they want to be.

Break the Mould is a VERY IMPORTANT and POWERFUL book, packing a very serious and effective punch. I cannot state enough the relevance of this book for the self-esteem of a generation that is constantly bombarded with perfection through social media platforms and other media. We all need to look at ourselves and re-evaluate our attitude to society and where we can be of benefit. No child should be made to feel that they are unusually different because we are all different, we are all unique.

Uplifting and encouraging, Break the Mould is a book for now, a book for all. Please pick up a copy and give it to a child that you feel needs a boost of confidence. Reading this book could be just the encouragement they need to smile. Wouldn’t that be something magical?

“This is YOUR STORY. No one can tell this story like you, because this is your story. You are interesting. You are important. You are enough just as YOU are…”
– Sinéad Burke

(c) Swirl and Thread

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