- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Bronze Man Books; first edition (December 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098195913X
- ISBN-13: 978-0981959139
- Package Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Am I Like My Daddy? Paperback – December 1, 2012
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Am I Like My Daddy? is a poignant book written to help children and families remember loved ones who have died, even years later. It is a tender and truthful account of a wide range of feelings and reactions of children and adults on their grief journey. It is a touching story, one for all ages, and truly elicits a sense of hopefulness. --Lisa Bartoszek, Director of Bereavement Lory s Place, St. Joseph, Michigan --back cover
About the Author
Marcy Blesy graduated from Millikin University and taught elementary school for several years in the Niantic-Harristown and Sandwich Community School Districts in Illinois. After a decade pause to stay at home with her children, Connor and Luke, she seriously began writing after they entered school. Marcy has been published in local newspapers and magazines as well as in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers . She continues to write children s books, including her first middle- grade novel. Marcy, her husband Ed, and children reside in Bridgman, Michigan, near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Marcy is a Volunteer Facilitator at Lory s Place, a grief education center in St. Joseph, Michigan.
The illustrator of Am I Like My Daddy? is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She received a BFA in Art Therapy and Photography from Millikin University, and a Master s degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Montessori-educated child herself, Amy received her American Montessori Society Primary certification from Lander University in Greenwood, SC, and served as a Primary Directress in Simpsonville, SC. Amy has worked as a Montessori artist-in-residence, a Modern Art History instructor, an Education Director at an area Arts Center, and a guest lecturer for parent education workshops. Amy operates her small business Magdalene from her home in South Carolina where she lives with her husband and two children. She sells her handmade jewelry, designs promoting peace, and educational materials online.
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Amy M. Kuhl Cox skillfully captures the essence of Marcy's intent through magnificent colorful illustrations depicting Grace's Mom providing physical contact, taking time to answer Grace's questions truthfully, and helping Grace express her feelings through verbal expression orally as well as through a journal. Conversations with her aunt and grandmother help Grace understand that people deal with grief differently.
The narrative, illustrations, journal entries, questions, and responses all offer natural opportunities for adults and children to dialog openly about the feelings experienced by the child throughout the various stages of grief.
The recent multiple funerals of the young victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut bring questions of how to help children cope with grief to a whole new level as counselors respond to the emotions of grief to the victim's young siblings and their classmates.
Marcy Blesy's "Am I Like My Daddy?" looks at grief from a different perspective, yet many of the same issues are applicable to any child dealing with grief. Grace's search for comfort, her confusion in expressing the feeling of grief, and loneness all come to light in her story as she wrestles with these issues in a search for answers.
Am I Like My Daddy? offers comfort to the child who has lost a parent or loved one through death.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Blesy's book forms a bridge to conversations not only about family members who are deceased but also those who are physically or emotionally distant. It offers a productive means--journaling--to manage the resulting emotions. A list of possible activities at the back of the book offers further suggestions for dealing with these issues and the emotions they produce.