Sunday, March 16, 2008

Book review

Title: Sad Isn't Bad

A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss

Written By: Michaelene Mundy

Illustrated by: R.W. Alley

ISBN 978-0-87029-321-4

This is a great book for the child experiencing his first loss from the death of a loved one. Adults deal with death from past experiences and have developed coping strategies that the younger child will not have. This book shows us how to help the child by giving them the "gift of good grief'"

The wisdom in these pages includes things like It is ok to cry and It is ok to ask questions. Each page addresses a different piece of wisdom showing the child healthy ways to express his or her grief. The colorful illustrations add to the text by demonstrating children going through these phases of grief. The book stresses to the grieving child that there will be loving adults there to care for them and that they are not alone.

I loved this book because it has a playful look appealing to children yet it addresses very serious feelings these children are experiencing. This book can be read aloud to the child one or two pages at a time allowing the child and adult to talk about the concepts. It is a great tool to open up discussions that are difficult at best. I give this book a thumbs up as a great reference to help kids going through such a painful loss.

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