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The Daffodils Still Grow Hardcover – June 2, 2015
Top Customer Reviews
As we know, grief is complicated, even in children. When a parent dies, children (depending on age) don’t often know how to express the complex emotions and thoughts within them. In fact, they may act out behaviorally as a sign that they are hurting from the loss and simply do not know how to talk about it. The Daffodils Still Grow is an excellent resource for families who don’t know how to start a conversation about life, death and eternity. Children may ask questions as the adult reads the tale, which breaks the discomfort in talking about such a difficult topic.
I read the book to my oldest daughter, Felicity, who is nearing five years old. Though she hasn’t lost a parent yet (or any significant person in her life for that matter), she was curious about life and death. She asked me, “Mommy, what happens when people die?” And I responded, “Their heart stops beating, and they stop breathing. It looks like they are asleep, but they never wake up.”
In turn, Felicity began asking about eternity, which I never suspected might come next. As I write this, it’s clear that this is a natural transition from death to “What’s next?” She was open-minded and gained a significant dose of spiritual insight as she continued, “Do we go to Heaven when we die, Mommy? Does God live in Heaven?Read more ›
In this full-color, beautifully illustrated book, Tidwell takes the reader through all the emotions a young girl might face after the death of a mother. She expresses pain at a quiet house, seeing her friends with their moms, and not wanting to get rid of her mom's possessions. The illustrations offer just as much emotion as the words on the page. This isn't an easy topic and certainly not a book you would give to just anyone. But, for girls who are suffering without a mom, the words offer a hug, an understanding, and hope to a grieving child.
As a hospice social worker, I had a difficult time recommending books for young children dealing with grief because, at the time, there just weren't very many out there. It is a hard topic to handle in books and these type of books aren't going to be sitting on the shelves right when you walk in the door of your favorite bookstore. This book handles all those delicate feelings young girls and even teenagers are facing as they try to move through life without a mom.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell, for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well written book to help children cope with loss. Fully illustrated. Read more
This is a delightful short book, full of splendid illustrations and so incredibly moving but also full of hope and optimism. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ali - The Dragon Slayer
The author has written of her own experience of loosing her mother at a young age. Her hope that this book will show other girls that they are not alone in their grief. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maureen
This is a very moving book which is sure to be helpful to any grieving child. It is made even more meaningful by the fact that it is inspired by the author's own diary entries... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Teresa Kander
The author, who draws on her own life experience, captures so well the many emotions children experience when a loved one passes away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cheryl c malandrinos