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About the Author

Where Is My Mommy? was illustrated by Cary Pillo, a Seattle artist whose work appears in dozens of books and hundreds of magazine issues. Her largest single client is Scholastic, which produces hundreds of books for children. Her illustrations have appeared in Parenting Press publications for at least a dozen years, including Internet Safety and Your Family [link], a quarterly for parent educators (Parenting Education Practitioners Talk [link]), and the monthly, "News for Parents." [link] She earned a degree in fine art and design at Washington State University.

Where Is My Mommy? was illustrated by Cary Pillo, a Seattle artist whose work appears in dozens of books and hundreds of magazine issues. Her largest single client is Scholastic, which produces hundreds of books for children. Her illustrations have appeared in Parenting Press publications for at least a dozen years, including Internet Safety and Your Family [link], a quarterly for parent educators (Parenting Education Practitioners Talk [link]), and the monthly, "News for Parents." [link] She earned a degree in fine art and design at Washington State University.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Pr; 1 edition (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557987017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557987013
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is absolutely perfect for helping children who have experienced trauma understand their feelings, consciously and subconsciously. The story is straight forward about how sometimes we try to hide from the scary feelings created by trauma and how we may act out because of our trying to suppress those feelings. It also gives children an entre' into how to handle these feelings while not telling them that everything will go back to the way it was. Spectacular! Probably the best child's self-help book I've read in a long time.
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I just can't get over how wonderful this book is. It's perfectly stated so that the child reading it or being read to can understand that there are others out there that feel the same way. The information in the back of the book to parents and caregivers is superb. I'm going to purchase a copy for a few of my friends, and for my sons school. Our family and community has had two serious tragedies in three months, and this book helped my son immensely, having lost his older brother a few months ago. This book is wonderful and simply stated.
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This is a wonderful book for teachers or parents to use with younger children. It uses a fun character to show different emotions that children have after witnessing or being a part of something that is tramatic to them. This could be their parents fighting, divorce, abuse, etc. That is what is so wonderful about this book; it does not tell what the character witnessed. As a result of this, it can apply to a number of situations. This book also helps children to realize that it helps to talk about what is bothering them. This is a must read!
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Although Holme's work is in the form of a children's book, it can be used in a variety of settings for counselors. I have shared this book with my students at the university level and they have used Holmes's work in a variety of school counseling settings. It is very helpful in that it does not adhere to a specific type of trauma or violence. Excellent!
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If you are a mental health professional or parent or concerned adult of a child who has experienced any sort of trauma at all, this is an indispensable book. It is written for a child of the ages approximately 3-8. It tells of a little racoon, Sherman Smith, who sees a "terrible thing" and how he represses his feelings about it. But soon he starts feeling sick, and he acts out at school and gets into trouble. So he goes for child therapy, and over time works out his feelings about seeing the "terrible thing" with the aid of a kind and understanding therapist. He does this through play therapy, and drawing pictures of his feelings, and finally of the "terrible thing." Then he and the therapist talk about his feelings. What exactly the "terrible thing" is does not get expressly detailed in the book, hence it is applicable to various traumas a child may be exposed too. The illustrations are great, the text moves at just the right pace. This would also be a good book to explain to children in general what child therapy is like. At the end Sherman feels better; he is not experiencing the results of repression, very much anymore.
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I recently purchased this book to use in play therapy sessions and have found it to be a great resource! It has helped kids start to open up about a variety of traumatic events they've witnessed or experienced. This book has resulted in kids talking about things who have NEVER talked about their traumas. If you are a child counselor, this is a must have!
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Young children who have witnessed various types of violence or suffered a trauma of any kind can be helped by this book. The book is written in language children understand, using loving animal characters that they can relate to. It shows them that there is hope if they don't lock their feelings inside, and it teaches them to find some caring person to talk to.

Another reason I like this book is because it teaches adults the signs to look for in disturbed children, and what to do to help the children who need counseling.

It's not only a great resource for parents, it's wonderful for professional counselors as well.

Highly recommended. - Betty Dravis, August 2007
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This book is a great resource in working with at-risk children who have experienced violence, trauma, loss... Young children need help with learning how to grieve. Parents can also learn what is normal in mourning and bereavement processes. A Terrible Thing Happened is a great story aid for helping young children and their caregivers manages the gamut of feelings and emotions they experience in the midst of emotionally challenging situations. Young children need help and guidance with learning how to express their feelings and regulate their emotions. I would recommend this book to any parent and child/family you know that has been the victim of or experienced violence or trauma.
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