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Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement Hardcover – April 2, 2013

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K-Gr 2-A powerful combination of childlike drawings, rendered in watercolor and crayon, and minimal text provides an extraordinary look at the impact of his mother's death on a young boy. "Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone," he says. The boy looks for her behind the sofa, under the bed, and in the yard, but finds only her belongings. He experiences fear, worry that his misdeeds might have caused her to leave, and even anger: "The other children have THEIR moms. It's not fair." When the child wonders when Mommy is coming back, his father, tears streaming down his face, explains that "when someone has died they cannot come back. . . ." Between the opening spread depicting rain-soaked mourners donned in black and holding black umbrellas at the graveside, and the final one showing the boy, still clutching his mom's sweater, but now shown in a flower-filled garden, readers see him, his father, and his sister gradually moving on with their lives. The tears still flow as they view old photos, and the boy still laments, "I really miss my mommy," but there are brighter moments of shared memories and household chores as well, and the boy's consoling conviction that just as he was special to his mom, "she will always be special to me." This honest treatment of death and loss can spark discussion and provide answers and comfort to young children who experience the loss of a loved one.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This book tackles the excruciatingly difficult subject of young children who have lost a parent. There is no adult voice dispensing advice here, only the writing and drawings of the grieving child himself. The boy simply states his feelings throughout: “Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone.” The narrator moves from bewilderment (he searches the house for Mommy) to anger (kicking around his train set) to feeling guilty (he must have done something wrong) to being jealous of children who still have their mothers. Except for occasional sophisticated elements—umbrellas at the funeral or the gate at the cemetery—Cobb’s illustrations maintain the scribble-outside-the-lines aesthetic of child drawings. The resolution is not easy and involves plenty of tears. Still, though, this little boy might give voice to others enduring such a loss. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805095071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805095074
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on May 22, 2013
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As a school counselor I am very familiar with the stages of grief. As I read Missing Mommy, I felt like author Rebecca Cobb was taking me through them. This is a book for the child who wants to open up and it's also for the child who needs to be silently validated. The story has a compassionate feeling as it describes heartache, anger, sadness, and finally acceptance surrounding the death of a parent. "But I will always remember her. I know how special I was to my mommy and she will always be special to me." Extremely happy to have this as a new resource for children and families.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne O'Brien on May 18, 2013
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This is the best resource that I have found to help my four yoear old grandson in the sudden death of his mother. The book is honest, insightful, and truthful.
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By Susan Donovan on October 19, 2013
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I looked at a lot of books related to death and this is the only one that was good for every young kid that lost their mom. I plan on giving it to a friends 5 year old who just lost his mom.
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Well written book that is a great tool for helping children honor and deal with their emotions surrounding the loss of their mother.
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