I Remember Mommy's Smile

I Remember Mommy's Smile

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Overview

Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to talk with a child about the illness or death of a parent. I Remember Mommy’s Smile offers parents and other caregivers an opportunity to open the door to dialogue. It also shows children that they are not alone or strange; others have gone through this type of sadness and loss, and they have ended up okay. As author Dina Wolfman Baker understands from her own experience, knowing you’re not alone can mean a great deal. These are her memoirs…written from her child self to other children, with the sensitivity, honesty and directness that can only come from having been there.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012466754
Publisher: Baker's Dozen Press
Publication date: 04/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 45
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

At age 11, Dina Wolfman Baker lost her mother to cancer after a 2-1/2 year illness. While she still feels the sadness of her mother’s death, she also recognizes all she gained from her brief time with her mother in her life. It is Dina’s mission to make the most of what her mother gave her. Dina drew from her own experience to write this book with the hope of helping other children who are coping with similar situations. Dina runs Baker’s Dozen Press® and has also written and published Creative License: Summer Sermons on Torah and Living in Community. She and her husband Brad are empty-nesters living in suburban Philadelphia with their cat, Leo.

Rachel Nagelberg is a writer who primarily concentrates on fiction and is in the process of receiving her MFA in Creative Writing at University of San Francisco. Her work has been published in Pif Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly and Collision Magazine. Formerly active as a fine artist, Rachel illustrated Dina's story just before beginning her undergraduate work at University of Pittsburgh. Rachel considers herself a native of both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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I Remember Mommy's Smile 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
busymommylist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was going to be a very sad book to read, and I knew what this was about before it arrived, and still found it hard to open up.Even as a children's book, I didn't want to share it with the youngest little ones, because i myself have a fear of death and didn't want to have one of those conversations that pops up once in awhile about where do we go? Will I see you again? Things like that upset me terribly, even if I firmly believe we will be together again. i just couldn't stomach it.It was hard to get through this book, especially since it was written through the eyes and heart of a child. I don't like to hear that anybody has to go through such a horrifying event in their life, but I know we all will at some point.I do believe this is an amazing book for families who are experiencing a loss of a loved one, especially for the children. (Although it will certainly help the grown ups deal with such a devastating loss as well)You can't help but cry a bit, well, a lot, while reading this and the pictures alone are sad enough. The pictures in this story are simple yet in such a beautiful way, especially the mommy part when she is smiling.I Remember Mommy's Smile, goes through the whole process of finding out her mother is ill, and the good times they could still have together, to the hospital, to coming home again, to being very sick and going back to the hospital. Reading the words that come from a child really got to me, but this will definitely help with coping and the healing process. There is a part when the little girl couldn't hug her mommy, knowing it was the last time she will see her, that was a nice addition as I believe most children go through this and they should not feel ashamed or feel as though they let anybody down,so this will let them know they are not alone and they are understood!The whole story was like this, and covered every aspect of death and dying, and the feelings that a child would have during the whole process.Then the little girl explains her feelings at her mommy's funeral, to getting back to school, being able to smile once again, and how she remembers her mommy's smile. This part was especially sweet, and will be a crucial part for children when they need the extra help to try and get back to normal. (and for parents, this book will be a much needed tool for your family, whether it is used to just help your children see they are not alone, or take the place of some very hard to answer questions while you are grieving also)I would recommend this book for churches, schools, day cares, all parents and families who have lost a loved one, and of course, any therapists that help families with this process.** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a child¿s story about a parent¿s illness and death. Diane Wolfman has created a story to help children of all ages deal with grief and loss. Based on her own experiences as a child. Dina has found it important to write this book to reach out to those who are young and must deal with such a great loss. The story touches the heart. You feel the fear and pain the character feels. It explains the steps an illness can take and how to deal with it. The story is open and honest. It is great for parents, grandparents, teachers and counselors who need a resource to help young children deal with the tough subject of death. This should be on every parents shelf.
Lindz2012 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I asked the author to review is book. For I do enjoy Children books even at my age. I will tell you that it a quick read and a great read. I understood the concept of it and it almost had my eyes in tears. I said almost at the end of the book. It is heartfelt. I do really believe this.The story is a great a wonderful for children and they would understand it quite well. I am glad that the author got though her grief and talked about it or at least talked to her father or her brother. I for the pictures in the book. This I could see what she was trying to refer to in the pictures though they were not perfect but I did understand the point and the story itself. This as nothing to do with the author writing the book or the illustrator who did the pictures.My mom had picked up the book before I did. She picked it up sometime before we went on vacation for a weekend. I had received it my mail and opened it. I was currently reading another book at the time. It was sitting on the table in the living. My mom picked it up and read it. She said that it was good. The pictures were not great to her, though I think she understood the book though. This is what she told me when I asked How was the book. I could recommend it to Children and Parents and though working with Children.
busymommylist More than 1 year ago
This was going to be a very sad book to read, and I knew what this was about before it arrived, and still found it hard to open up. Even as a children's book, I didn't want to share it with the youngest little ones, because i myself have a fear of death and didn't want to have one of those conversations that pops up once in awhile about where do we go? Will I see you again? Things like that upset me terribly, even if I firmly believe we will be together again. i just couldn't stomach it. It was hard to get through this book, especially since it was written through the eyes and heart of a child. I don't like to hear that anybody has to go through such a horrifying event in their life, but I know we all will at some point. I do believe this is an amazing book for families who are experiencing a loss of a loved one, especially for the children. (Although it will certainly help the grown ups deal with such a devastating loss as well) You can't help but cry a bit, well, a lot, while reading this and the pictures alone are sad enough. The pictures in this story are simple yet in such a beautiful way, especially the mommy part when she is smiling. I Remember Mommy's Smile, goes through the whole process of finding out her mother is ill, and the good times they could still have together, to the hospital, to coming home again, to being very sick and going back to the hospital. Reading the words that come from a child really got to me, but this will definitely help with coping and the healing process. There is a part when the little girl couldn't hug her mommy, knowing it was the last time she will see her, that was a nice addition as I believe most children go through this and they should not feel ashamed or feel as though they let anybody down,so this will let them know they are not alone and they are understood! The whole story was like this, and covered every aspect of death and dying, and the feelings that a child would have during the whole process. Then the little girl explains her feelings at her mommy's funeral, to getting back to school, being able to smile once again, and how she remembers her mommy's smile. This part was especially sweet, and will be a crucial part for children when they need the extra help to try and get back to normal. (and for parents, this book will be a much needed tool for your family, whether it is used to just help your children see they are not alone, or take the place of some very hard to answer questions while you are grieving also) I would recommend this book for churches, schools, day cares, all parents and families who have lost a loved one, and of course, any therapists that help families with this process. ** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
This is a child’s story about a parent’s illness and death. Diane Wolfman has created a story to help children of all ages deal with grief and loss. Based on her own experiences as a child. Dina has found it important to write this book to reach out to those who are young and must deal with such a great loss. The story touches the heart. You feel the fear and pain the character feels. It explains the steps an illness can take and how to deal with it. The story is open and honest. It is great for parents, grandparents, teachers and counselors who need a resource to help young children deal with the tough subject of death. This should be on every parents shelf.