Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent

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Since her father died a month ago, Samantha Jane has become fearful, isolated and quiet. She does not want to acknowledge her grief and anger but neither can she make her feelings disappear. Her neighbor Mrs. Cooper, a lifelong friend, takes Samantha Jane for a walk in her garden. Using examples from the natural world, Mrs. Cooper shows Samantha Jane how to acknowledge her feelings and give them a proper place in her life. For example, she suggests ways that Samantha Jane can merge her grief with the comforting memories she has of her father and the times they spent together. Samantha Jane’s mother joins Mrs. Cooper in recognizing the difficult process of feeling sad and happy again at the same time. The task of grieving while going forward in life is described in language and imagery appropriate for elementary school students. The concluding pages include a “Note to Parents” with sections about “Common Psychological Issues and Reactions,” “The Crucial Role of the Surviving Parent,” “Practical Coping Techniques,” and “Professional Help” as well as brief biographies of the authors and illustrator. This book would be a useful addition to an elementary school library resource center. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591478096
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 177,456
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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