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Dealing with ... When People Die ISBN: 9781445157986
Dean, Venitia and Lacey, Jane
Published by Franklin Watts, 2019
One of a series of information books for young children (Key Stage 1) with stories of individuals having problems and giving advice on how to cope. This book about death explains seven different children’s experiences of losing someone dear and how they learn to deal with their feelings. There is Lola who hasn’t been told her grandmother is dead and believes she doesn’t love her any more; then comes Tim who refuses to go to his dad’s funeral because that would be too final; Wes is very angry when his older brother dies in an accident, and Emily worries that she will never stop being sad about her mum’s death; when Luke’s friend dies, he is concerned that either he or his parents are about to die too; Sophia’s baby sister has died and she is convinced her parents loved the baby more than herself and wish she was the one who had died; finally, there is Jaydee, who doesn’t want to make his parents even unhappier than they are by telling them that that he misses his granddad too. All of these children are given coping strategies, and by talking to parents and friends are able to come to terms with their loss. The bright, simple illustrations and clear text add much to the whole, and at the end, a short glossary, some helpful web sites, a brief index, and notes for adults using the book will be useful. One of the plusses in the stories is that adults will find the advice helpful, and there is also a play-script for use in schools too. This is a nicely produced, practical book for both school and home.One of a series of information books for young children (Key Stage 1) with stories of individuals having problems and giving advice on how to cope. This book about death explains seven different children’s experiences of losing someone dear and how they learn to deal with their feelings. There is Lola who hasn’t been told her grandmother is dead and believes she doesn’t love her any more; then comes Tim who refuses to go to his dad’s funeral because that would be too final; Wes is very angry when his older brother dies in an accident, and Emily worries that she will never stop being sad about her mum’s death; when Luke’s friend dies, he is concerned that either he or his parents are about to die too; Sophia’s baby sister has died and she is convinced her parents loved the baby more than herself and wish she was the one who had died; finally, there is Jaydee, who doesn’t want to make his parents even unhappier than they are by telling them that that he misses his granddad too. All of these children are given coping strategies, and by talking to parents and friends are able to come to terms with their loss. The bright, simple illustrations and clear text add much to the whole, and at the end, a short glossary, some helpful web sites, a brief index, and notes for adults using the book will be useful. One of the plusses in the stories is that adults will find the advice helpful too; there is also a play script for use in schools.
Age: 5+