- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Quincy Companion Books, imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936214784
- ISBN-13: 978-1936214785
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Lily Hates Goodbyes (All Military Version) Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"Jerilyn Marler's children's book, Lily Hates Goodbyes, is a must have for children with a parent in the military and also for elementary school counselors." -- Moments: Book Review
"Marler has created a special book that is guaranteed to help the families of the men and women who bravely and selflessly serve our country." -- Portland Book Review, 5-star review for Lily Hates Goodbyes
"Lily Hates Goodbyes...is well written and can be read by the child (2nd grade or higher) or by a parent to the child. I highly recommend it." B.G. Quesenbery Jr., Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Charleston, SC
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Top Customer Reviews
Lily hates goodbyes.
Sometimes she feels mean and stubborn while Daddy is gone.
She says naughty things and yells
"No!" at Mommy even when
Mommy is right.
Mommy says it's okay.
She feels stubborn, too.
Lily and Mommy try not to be stubborn at the same time.
Mommy says it helps when Lily gives her a big hug.
So now my daughter seems to think its okay to yell at me when she gets angry about Daddy being gone because Lily did to her mom and her mom said its okay because she feels that way too... Ehhh no, not in my house. I've expressed to my daughter that its okay to feel all different ways and to express your feelings, but when you feel angry or super sad that you need to talk to mommy and let mommy help. When we're angry in our house we do productive stuff like arts and crafts or go in the back yard and play soccer or t-ball... Not yelling. If that one part in the book was different I would have given it 5 stars. IMO something better to put would have been along the lines of its okay to feel that way but we don't say naughty things or yell, Instead lets _____ <-- something else other than its okay to yell at mom.
This would be a great book to give young children whose parent’s get deployed while serving our country. There are several ideas for things that children can do while missing their parent.
Rating – 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend
Source: Review copy
According to Lily, her daddy's job takes him away for about a "billion" days. While her dad is away, Lily experiences feelings of fear, anger, sadness and stubbornness. Lily has to fight through the feelings of not having her daddy around but she has the support of her mom who helps her through it.
My favorite part is when the author writes, "Lily and Mommy try not to be stubborn at the same time."
Kids will learn from Marler's book that they have the ability to get through long stretches of separation by utilizing basic coping skills, continuing to live their life and recognizing that they have people around them that are there to help in the process.
This is clearly a book to help children deal with the difficulty of separation and it serves a larger purpose than simply for military families. "Lily Hates Goodbyes" can be read multiple times because it serves as a way for children to relate to what they are going through. Lily is a child that is having similar feelings and it's easier to adjust when kids see that they are not the only ones having these feelings.
I highly recommend "Lily Hates Goodbyes" for families that are dealing with separation.