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.
A soft story and beautiful, calming illustrations give children a story about loss they can relate to.
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.
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.
This picture book is to comfort to children who have lost a parent.
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.
6 to 9
4 to 8
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.
|Author||J. R. Poulter|
|Genres||Family, Emotions and Feelings, Death and Loss|