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Luna’s Red Hat

Author: Emmi Smid
Publisher:  Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publishing Date: 21.04.2015
Purchase linkamazon.co.uk
ISBN: 9781849056298

Synopsis: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide

My Review:
Luna’s Red Hat takes up the important subject of suicide, a little discussed  taboo topic in our society. Following a beautifully illustrated story of one day in Luna’s life, we get to know how she lost her mother just a year ago and we see a father who is struggling with helping Luna understand what happened as well as coming to terms with his loss.

Through the story Luna behaves realistically, though her thoughts might not be as genuine as her behavior. The loss and the lack of understanding of what happened, has made her frustrated and angry. Her father pulls er through and help her understand is small, clear words what happened to her mother as well as explaining that it was not Luna or any one else’s fault.

As well as containing the small story of Luna and her little family the book ends with an informative essay by Dr. Riet Fiddelaers Jaspers. The essay outlines how to tell a child about such a thing as suicide, and why it is important to actually let the child know what happened.

This book is designed to help children deal with loss and suicide, but I believe adults also could benefit from reading it.

Missing Jack

Author: Rebecca Elliott
Lion Hudson Plc
Published: 20.02.2015

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Missing Jack is a nice little book which can help children come to terms with loss. It is a short story about the best cat in the world, but sadly he grew old and died. Though the book the narrator explains why Jack was the best cat in the world, and that he misses Jack. And that is okay. Children need to learn about loss in a safe manner, and they need to learn about death in order to grief.
In the end the narrator comes to terms with the fact that it is okay to get a new cat, but the new cat will not make Jack less special.

I enjoyed reading this book, and even though I’m an adult I did feel a bit sad while reading the part where Jack died.