And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing [NOOK Book]

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Responding to the fact that coping with a parent’s death can be especially hard on young children, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a valuable resource for parents and counselors. Ten-year-old Emily and seven-year-old Ben must deal with the loss of their mother to cancer. Guided by conversations with their father, they embark on a journey of grief and healing, each searching for a path to acceptance. Along the way, both children realize that their mother will always be with them in their hearts. ...
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And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing

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Overview

Responding to the fact that coping with a parent’s death can be especially hard on young children, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a valuable resource for parents and counselors. Ten-year-old Emily and seven-year-old Ben must deal with the loss of their mother to cancer. Guided by conversations with their father, they embark on a journey of grief and healing, each searching for a path to acceptance. Along the way, both children realize that their mother will always be with them in their hearts. And just as their mother’s flowers had bloomed in the garden, Emily and Ben emerge from the darkness of grief to bloom once more. Using nature as a backdrop for the cycles of life, this moving story emphasizes hope and healing and will connect with all readers who have lost a loved one.
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Emily and Ben, with the help of their father, work through their grief after their mother dies from cancer. Emily and Ben struggle with all the emotions that follow a devastating loss. Emily shows signs of depression, even snapping at 7-year-old Ben, who is having his own struggles. It's Emily's 10th birthday, and she is angry that her mother is not there to celebrate. Emily's father calmly responds to the mood swings and emotions that his children are experiencing, gently reminding them that the memories they have of their mother will never die. He tries to explain the well-meaning comments of friends and neighbors, responds calmly to his children's many questions, and tries to help both kids understand the complicated emotions their friends might be feeling. "Some kids might be scared and confused. They might worry that what happened to Mom will happen to someone they love." Children facing the challenging year following the death of a parent will not feel so alone knowing that Ben, Emily and their father get through it. Occasional full-page portraits show this strong family working together. The strength of this lengthy, overtly didactic story is that it gives teachers and surviving parents a working vocabulary to use with grieving children and will help when they need to be nudged to talk. (Fiction/bibliotherapy. 9 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604431926
  • Publisher: American Cancer Society, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Amy Rovere serves on the editorial staff of the American Cancer Society’s Books Division, helping create books for patients and families who are coping with cancer. When she was just nine years old, Amy lost her mother to cancer, and her work is inspired by her personal loss and her desire to help children who are going through a similar experience. She lives in Atlanta. Joel Spector is an illustrator whose art has been featured in books, magazines, and advertising and has been shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art, among other galleries. His numerous awards include the Gold Medal from the Pastel Society of America, a Society of Illustrators award, and Best in Show at the Kent Art Association. He lives in New Milford, Connecticut.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    And Still They Bloom is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Beautiful book!

    This book is beautifully and sweetly written. Highly recommend for children coping with the loss of a loved one. Every library should have at least one of these on the shelves.

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