- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books; First Edition edition (April 27, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395822807
- ISBN-13: 978-0395822807
- Package Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Pillow for My Mom Hardcover – April 27, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2AA poignant, thought-provoking story that tells, in the simplest terms, about a little girl whose mother is seriously ill in the hospital. The child misses her mom's laughter and the games, books, and conversations they shared. To cheer the patient, she sews a colorful pillow for her hospital bed. The woman's death is not stated specifically, but is implicit in the fact that the child now has the pillow and treasures it as a loving memory. Pain and illness are mentioned, but only briefly. The impact of this experience is beautifully expressed in the double-page illustrations, done in muted colors and a technique of softened realism that capture the child's feelings of loneliness, powerlessness, and mourning. The little girl is shown from many perspectives, in her familiar settings of home and the park, but always seems a small, saddened, and bewildered figure. To intensify the atmosphere of isolation, no other human being ever appears in the pictures. Used with care and understanding, this gentle book will help children empathize with anyone, not just another child, who suffers such a loss.APatricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Sgouros debuts with a terse story that packs a wallopand it ought to, for its subject is grief. A young girl misses her mother, who has entered a hospital: ``She used to read to me and play games. She would tell me stories and I would tell her jokes. She's in the hospital now.'' As her mother is uncomfortable much of the time, the girl has made her a special pillow. ``When she puts her head on it, she says she thinks of me and smiles.'' Suddenly, a mere page later, the child says, ``I have the pillow now.'' It is a comfort, something to be held close, and even inhaled. Sgouros encapsulates the nettles of worry and the flood of grief, giving them rawness; still, there is no sense of resignation or self-pity. Instead, she addresses the certainty of loss, the easing of sadness, and living with pain. Just as affecting are Ross's illustrations, expressing all the vulnerability of the young girl's plight. (Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.