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Cuba Circulating Library Association 1 MIND, BODY & SPIRIT 155.937 SMI Adult NonFiction Book
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It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum's red hat. Luna's Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her in the same way. Her Dad talks to her to explain what happened and together they think about all the happy memories they have of Mum.

This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Suicide always causes shock, not just for the family members but for everyone around them, and children also have to deal with these feelings. The book approaches the subject sensitively and includes a guide for parents and professionals by bereavement expert, Dr Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers. It will be of interest to anyone working with, or caring for, children bereaved by suicide, including bereavement counsellors, social workers and school staff, as well as parents, carers and other family members.


Author Notes

Emmi Smid is a children's book author and illustrator. She was born in the Netherlands but currently lives and works in Brighton, UK. Emmi wrote this book for her cousins, who would have wanted to have a book like this when they were younger.


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K-Gr 3-This sensitive look at suicide makes a tough topic accessible. Though it's a beautiful spring day, Luna is feeling anything but happy. It has been a year since her mother committed suicide, and her family is having a picnic in remembrance. When Luna's father remarks that her mother's hat suits Luna and that she looks just like her mom, Luna becomes angry ("I am not like Mum. Because I wouldn't just stop living when I wanted to! People you love don't get to stop living and leave you behind!"). Her father explains that Mum didn't want to leave but felt that she had no other choice. Most importantly, he reassures Luna that it wasn't her fault and that it wasn't Mum's fault, either. After reminiscing about a funny event that happened with Luna's mom, Luna, her father, and her younger brother watch the sun set and Luna puts the red hat back on. This very heavy topic is covered extremely well. While the text is emotionally charged, it's always age appropriate. Dramatic, expressionistic illustrations depict Luna's turmoil: an image of the girl standing with her head hanging against a dark background conveys her sadness, while a picture of Luna riding a violent wave against a red backdrop demonstrates her rage. A special guide for parents at the end discusses how children understand death, suggests how to inform a child about suicide, and provides examples of questions kids might have. VERDICT This book will aid caregivers in explaining a difficult topic and help children with the grieving process.-Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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