Perfect Picture Book Friday: Goodbye Mousie
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review and related resources for parents, teachers and children.
I just wanted to mention three important items:
1. Do you let your kids watch TV? Do you wonder how it affects them? Check out a recent article: The Mom and Dad TV Debate at SheKnows.com…I contributed to the article: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/959777/is-your-child-watching-too-much-tv
2. Are you concerned about the lack of physical activity in our kindergartens today? Has the “block corner” all but disappeared in your child’s kindergarten…replaced by the “computer corner”? Check out BLOCK PLAY on DivineCaroline.com…I contributed to that article as well: http://www.divinecaroline.com/22111/127731-technology-making-kids-depressed
3. Congratulations again to the 20 libraries that will receive a copy of Show Me How! With my son visiting for Mother’s Day weekend (yes, we had an AWESOME time…I’ll try to post some pics next week) and with preparing for a teacher-training program I am doing today for the staff of our local Boys and Girls Club at their annual Youth Development Conference (Building Self-Esteem…One Picture Book at a Time), I have not been able to pack the books and send them out yet. My apologies…and I will endeavor to do so this weekend,
And now to our Perfect Picture Book Friday selection!
It is not easy to deal with death and loss. Often, the first death a child experiences is the loss of a beloved pet. Parents may be are unsure how to handle this type of situation and feel uncomfortable even talking about the subject.
Here is a book that might help.
Written by Robie Harris
Illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (2001)
Ages: 3 and up
Grief/loss, family togetherness, pets
“When I woke up this morning, I tickled Mousie’s tummy. But Mousie didn’t wake up.”
Mousie is the little boy’s beloved pet. When Mousie gets sick and dies, the little boy goes through the various stages of grief. First he denies it…”Mousie is NOT dead! He’s just very, very sleepy this morning.” Eventually, with the help of his parents, the little boy accepts the death of his pet and comes to understand that it is ok to feel angry and sad.
Why do I like this book:
I love this book because it takes a difficult subject and deals with it in a sensitive loving manner. Young children need to understand that death is a normal part of life. They also need to be allowed to grieve and be angry or sad when someone they love dies. Often, parents try to shield children from the truth about such matters…or, when a pet dies, they brush it off as if it was unimportant…but this book gives parents a gentle and loving example of how it can be done with respect and sensitivity.
Here are a few internet resources that might be of help to parents and teachers:
In the story, the little boy paints a shoebox that he will use to bury his beloved pet.
Children do love to paint…and fingerpainting so much fun. The sensation of the cool thick paint sliding under their fingers can be very calming for many children. And painting is a wonderful vehicle for expressing emotions.
You will need: Fingerpaint (can be bought at hobby shops and toy and department stores OR you can make an EDIBLE fingerpaint by stirring up some vanilla pudding – white/yellow – chocolate pudding – brown – strawberry pudding – pink. The edible fingerpaint is fun for kids of all ages), fingerpaint paper (you can use a roll of inexpensive shelf paper instead), COVERUPS for children and work surfaces.
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.
- Migrant: Perfect Picture Book Friday (julierowanzoch.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Hello Baby! (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)
- Magic Town – a virtual world based on popular picture book characters (teleread.com)
- Read.Explore.Learn.- Boris and the Wrong Shadow (jdaniel4smom.com)
- PPBF: Millions of Cats and some awards (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Picture Book Friday: One of the Problems of Everett Anderson (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- PPBF: Crow Boy and World Read Aloud Day (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- PPBF: Mother’s Day Edition: David Gets in Trouble (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- PPBF: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Picture Book Fridays: Gift-Bear for the King (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
Posted on May 18, 2012, in children's picture books, Crafting with Children, grief and loss, Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged Children's literature, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Robie Harris, Susannah Leonard Hill. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.