When Trevor Romain’s father died, Trevor didn’t know what to feel, say, or do. Shocked, saddened, and confused, all he could say was . . . wow. As he started understanding what had happened, he began writing about his experiences and feelings. His new book—simple, insightful, and straight from the heart—is for any child who has lost a loved one or other special person.
Trevor talks directly to kids about what death means and how to cope. He asks the kinds of questions kids have about death—Why? How? What next? Is it my fault? What’s a funeral?—in basic, straightforward terms. He describes and discusses the overwhelming emotions involved in grieving—sadness, fear, anger, guilt—and offers practical strategies for dealing with them. He also suggests meaningful ways to remember and honor the person who has died.
When someone dies, adults are often involved with their own loss and grief and not as available to children as they might otherwise be. This little book, full of concrete advice and expressive illustrations, offers the comfort and reassurance that children need during these difficult times. Written to and for kids, it’s also recommended for parents and other relatives, educators, counselors, and youth workers.
|Publisher:||Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.18(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|
About the Author
When Trevor Romain was 12, his teacher told him he wasn't talented enough to do art. By accident, he found out 20 years later that he could draw. Since that lucky day, he has written and illustrated 20 books for children. In addition to writing, illustrating, and speaking at schools, Trevor is a board member of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and can often be found on the cancer ward at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, doing his rounds as "Doctor of Mischief."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I first turned to this book when my father died unexpectedly and I was at a loss. As a school counselor I had counseled students about grief, but had never really experienced it. I looked for something to help me and my students. Since then I have lost my mother and have had many students who have used this book. I keep multiple copies to give to them to keep, and now seven years after first finding it I find I still return to it.
This is a good book for the older child who loses someone. It offers some very useful ways of coping and is realistic in explaining things to them. Death is very confusing for children and this can help in talking with them. Easy enough for them to read on their own, too.