Missing Mommy: A Book about Bereavement

by Rebecca Cobb

"Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone." In a... read more

"Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone." In a book that stays true to a young child's perspective, a preschool-age child describes many different feelings after Mommy has died, offering comfort through validation. The simple format acknowledges a range of emotions (uncertainty, worry, guilt, fear, anger) with just a touch of humor, as in the picture of the child filling the cat's bowl, spilling as much as goes in while the narrative states " ... we help each other to try and do all the things Mommy used to help with. Daddy says I do them very well." The family consists of the young narrator, an older sister, and Daddy. Everyone grieves, but also shares memories and moments of hope. The illustrations are childlike but with a sophisticated emotional dimension. The young narrator could be either a boy or a girl. (Ages 3-7)Leffler, Maryann. Theo's Mood. Albert Whitman, 2013.

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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