A compassionate book which will help many children come to terms with their grief at parental separation. Written by an accredited grief counseller and educator.
A book about children’s grief after separation and divorce
"A moving, compassionate and beautifully illustrated book…the simplicity of language used and the powerful colour and clarity of the illustrations is symbolic of an underlying truth – that pain faced boldly in the light of day eventually loses some of its ferocious intensity …its message has the power to touch us all." - Dianne Mc Kissock OAM, relationship counselor, grief therapist, Co-Director of The National Centre for Childhood Grief in Sydney, NSW, Author of The Grief of Our Children (ABC Books).
"Having lost my own father at the age of ten (to death, not divorce), I found both the words and the illustrations resonated with my own hurt and my own long-recurring fantasy that he could come back to be with us and our family would be whole again…I commend it highly and hope that parents will let it work its own magic." - Dr Don Edgar, Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies
Linda Epsie is a loss, grief and bereavement counsellor, educator, supervisor and consultant in Melbourne, Australia who has worked in the field of loss and grief for 25 years. She highly regarded in the field of loss and grief.
Linda works in Private Practice part time and is currently the manager of Client Support Services in a Melbourne palliative care service. She held a position as Executive Officer at the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation Australia (now CIMA) up until July 2010.
In a tradition of Todd Parr's fan-favourite It's Okay to Be Different, a book about embracing mistakes and the joy of happy accidents. Todd Parr's bestselling books have reminded kids to embrace differences, to be thankful, to love one another, and to be themselves. It's Okay to Make Mistakes embraces life's happy accidents, the mistakes and mess-ups that can lead to self-discovery. Todd Parr brings a timely theme to life with his signature bold, kid-friendly illustrations and a passion for making readers feel good about themselves, encouraging them to try... More info
This story is based on a story told by the Senior Boys Class at Lajamanu School, a bi-lingual school where Aboriginal children are taught to read and write their own language, Warlpiri. The illustrations are adapted from original paintings done by the children for their story. Lajamanu is an Aboriginal community on the edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. It was settled when the Warlpiri people were forced off their tribal land and away from their Dreaming places. To country they didn’t know and a lifestyle... More info
A gentle book reassuring children they are not to blame for any sadness experienced by their parents. They are always loved and treasured. It also encourages parents to openly express their sadness with their kids without feeling guilty or shame. Our mummy says she loves us MORE than a GAZILLION BILLION TRILLION plus INFINITY. She says that we are the CLEVEREST kids that she has ever known. Then sometimes we notice our mummy feeling sad. Our mummy’s sadness EXPLODES, and she cries. It feels strange … and a bit... More info