Children experience emotions just like adults, but they may seem bigger because children are not practiced in dealing with their emotions, or how to best express them. Situations like a loved one dying are hard on everyone, but children may need extra attention to learn how to manage themselves. The book Missing Mommy by debut author and illustrator Rebecca Cobb can help children and parents alike muddle through the terrible experience of losing a parent, especially a mom.
In child-like crayon and ink illustrations we meet a young boy and his father and sister. The young boy has lost his mommy and in simple phrases expresses the emotional troubles he goes through. Can mommy come back? Is is something he has done? If she is gone, why is some of her stuff, like clothing, still here? And why doesn't she take the flowers left for her? Daddy has to tell the little boy Mommy has died, and that means she can’t come back to her body. The second half of the book shows the little boy with other members of the family, doing chores Mommy used to do with his sister, and looking at old photographs laughing and crying with Daddy and sister. Although the little boy still really misses his Mommy, he knows he will always remember her.
A great book to help a youngster along in the loss of a loved one, Missing Mommy doesn't touch on any particular religion or other belief about the afterlife. The adult helping their young one read this book is left to answer those questions. However, to manage big emotions in little people, this title can be a welcome aid.
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Missing Mommy written and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.
ISBN: 9780805095074, illustrated
Children's picture book fiction