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How It Feels When a Parent Dies by [Krementz, Jill]
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Length: 128 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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18 children from age 7 - 17, speak openly of their experiences and feelings. As they speak we see them in photos with their surviving parent and with other family members, in the midst of their everyday lives.

About the Author

Jill Krementz works as a journalist, photographer, and portraitist, id addition to turning her talents to writing and photographing books for children. The publication of nineteen children’s books has established her reputation as a writer who knows how to listen to and communicate with children. She has won the praise of sociologists and educators, as well as the affection of many young readers.

Ms. Krementz was the 1984 recipient of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for “creatively produced books, works that make a difference.” She lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5776 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Reprint edition (May 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YUB0XU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Stanley Davis on September 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a long-time child therapist I have used many books and other methods to help children cope with this most painful of losses. This book heals young people with its reality, with the variety of experiences and feelings presented, with its loving approach to the feelings they have felt but feared no one else had ever felt. This book is invaluable.
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I am a high school counselor. I bought this book to have in my office for my students to have access to. The short writings hold a range of reactions to the death of a parent. The authors come from different backgrounds, situations and circumstances, yet they hold one thing in common: losing a parent. Honest writing. Great for adolescents and adults.
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I wish that I had this book available when I lost my father at 15. I recently lost my mom and reading this book, even as an adult, helped me grasp and get a hold of my emotions of pain and loss. There is nothing more honest than looking at grief from the eyes of children. I would recommend to have this book handy if you have living parents or if you are a parent as we all have to deal with death at some point in our lives.
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I lost my Father when I was 3 years old, too young to remember him, and only had my three older sisters and mothers memories to steal a peek at him from. My family didnt talk about him, because the sadness was too much to deal with, and I didnt know one single other child who had lost a parent growing up so I felt like a freak. I picked this book up the other day, wondering if any of these childrens stories were similar to mine, and found that every one of them carried a mirrored image of my grief.

It was published in 1988, and the pictures prove that, but each story is a timeless one of loss, and confusion, and guilt and the everyday struggle to "deal" with the death of a parent that NO child should have to endure. I wish I had found this as a child, I would not have felt so alone.

I found myself at the end wondering how each of them are doing now, in 2009, It would be an interesting read to find out how their losses as children affect them now.
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These are short essays by children who have lost a parent. The children are different ages and the circumstances of their parent's death vary. Many different sizes and types of families are represented. The children talk not only about what they felt about the death when it occurred, but how they feel now, how they are doing now, and how their life and their families lives have changed.

My husband died when my daughter was 2 years old. I purchased this book for her several years later, when she began to grieve this loss. She immediately found examples of children that she would relate to as they were also young when their parent died, and she felt comforted that she was not alone. In the 7 years since, my daughter has periodically returned to this book, and each time she finds another story that she can relate to. I heartily recommend this book to any parent of a grieving child. It represents sort of an ongoing support group that your child will be able to return to throughout the years.
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I wish Ms. Krementz or someone else would update this book. It's a really nice way for kids who have lost a parent to share and relate their experiences with others. I gave it to my niece who lost her father.
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My father died when I was 4. All of the children quoted in this book were older than I was, but when I read the stories of the two youngest children, I cried. Yes, that is how it is when you are very young.

I only gave the book 4 stars because I truly can't speak to the stories of the older children in the book and most of the children quoted were much older. Old enough to understand what they had lost right away. But I would expect that their stories are pretty accurate examples of how it really is too, just based on what I am sure of. But 4 stars because truly, I don't know for sure.
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Great book for grades 3-8.
Here are some other superb books for children and teens who are grieving for a parent.

Grades K-3
The Scar, Charlotte Moundlic
Everett Anderson's Goodbye, Lucille Clifton
Missing Mommy, Rebecca Cobb
Goodbye Dad, The Funeral, William Bentrim

K-5
Dear Daddy: When a Parent Dies, Joyce Stath

K-6
Some of the Pieces, Melissa Madenski

1-6
And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing, Amy Rovere

4-7
Fourth Grade Wizards, Barthe DeClements

4-8
Our Dad Died, Amy Dennison

5-8
Chicken Boy, Frances O’Roark Dowell

6-8
Miracle’s Boys, Jacqueline Woodson

6-12
You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent, Lynn Hughes
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