Mending Lucille


A young girl watches her mom go away on a plane, never to return. All that is left is her father and her broken doll, Lucille. She takes Lucille with her everywhere, even on her father's work trips (he drives a truck). When a young girl tells her Lucille is dirty, her father suggests she throw the doll away ... the girl hid her. Then one day, they met a waitress named Chrissie. Chrissie and the girl become friends.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A soft story and beautiful, calming illustrations give children a story about loss they can relate to.

Content Awareness Factors:

This isn't a book for all audiences. It has a very specific theme - the loss of a parent. The authors don't offer a well-defined sense of time, so some children may see that Chrissie becomes the girl's stepmother very quickly.

Parent Reaction

This is a beautiful book. The story is nicely laid out and the illustrations are gorgeous. What happened to the girl's mother is left unsaid, so a child dealing with divorce could find comfort just as easily as a child whose parent died. There is a lot of allegory in the story (grey birds), which will be beyond a young audience's understanding, but offer meaning to older children.

Type of Book:
This picture book is to comfort to children who have lost a parent.
Educational Themes:

This is a wonderful book for starting a conversation or talking about change in a family. It is not specific to grief, though there are events that let you talk about feelings and loss.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book for a specific audience, but families and counselors trying to help children deal with loss will want this book on their shelves.

Title Mending Lucille
Author J. R. Poulter
Illustrators Sarah Davis
ISBN 9780734410337
Material Hard Cover
Cost $25.99
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Death and Loss
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