We Were Gonna Have a Baby, but We Had an Angel Instead

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Publishers Weekly
A small boy gazes into an empty bassinet on the cover of this psychologically astute book, which helps children cope with prenatal death or stillbirth. The narrator briefly recalls how he had looked forward to having a sibling, imagining the two of them "building a fort and playing tricks on our parents," and recalling how he had loved listening to the baby inside his mother. "But something happened," he reports, his trusty basset hound mirroring his sad, dejected expression. "The baby died. Our baby is not going to live with us." With admirable economy and sensitivity, Schwiebert (previously teamed with Bills on Tear Soup) touches on a broad range of feelings without intruding on those of readers in a similar position: at the end, the child says, "If this just happened to you, I'm sorry you got an angel instead of a baby. I think having a baby would have been more fun." There's no explicit discussion of angels or heaven, but, after the baby's death is mentioned, Bills's cartoon illustrations introduce the baby as a smiling, winged figure with a halo, invisible to the grief-stricken figures around him-readers can interpret this as they choose. Most useful of all may be the endnotes for parents, which provide insightful and practical suggestions on aiding similarly bereaved children. Nobody wants to need this book, but those who do need it will be grateful to have it. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972424110
  • Publisher: Perinatal Loss
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 121,811
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Very good for family

    This is a great book to use with small children that were expecting a sibling or another baby in the family. Very sensitive and very GOOD at getting the meaning across.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    Wonderful for young children

    We received this as a gift when our infant son died. Our 2 year old daughter loves to read it over and over. It's good for very young children who are trying to understand what happened and why everyone is sad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    The perfect book!!!!!!!

    This is a perfect book. After a miscarriage and the loss of twin girls (one at 8 weeks gestation and one full term who lived an hour) we got this book as a gift, for our kids ages 7, 4 and 1 1/2. The book will bring you to tears, but is a must have! The kids loves us to read it to them. It is written so well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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