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Josie Girl and Blueberry Blue

This book shares one child’s experience of loss and the emotions that follow. Her father’s sensitive response helps her understand and manage those difficult emotions. Everyone experiences grief and loss—in events both big and small—but it is in early childhood that we begin learning the skills to manage this. Authored by a professor of early childhood education at Central Oregon Community College, this book is a moving read.

Author: Amy Howell, PhD
Year of Publishing: 2022
Number of Pages: 28

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  1. [email protected] (verified owner)

    A short, easy read for young children. It offers a good dialogue for discussing grief, disappointment and sadness with kids.

  2. [email protected] (verified owner)

    Cute little book

  3. Ethen Chavarria (verified owner)

    Amazing little book!

  4. pauljohnsonbend (verified owner)

    Great book for kids and young adults.

  5. Lacey Kress (verified owner)

    Loved this read. Thanks

  6. Amber (verified owner)

    This is a great book for simply explaining emotions to kiddos. My 5 and 8 year old really enjoyed it!

  7. Amy Oland (verified owner)

    A beautiful book that opens the door for discussion on grief and sadness for your little ones.

  8. C (verified owner)

    Engaging book for young children on loss

  9. Jess_Note (verified owner)

    Cute story with beautiful illustrations.

  10. eschloss (verified owner)

    I ordered this book over a month ago and I have yet to receive it 🙁 I would love to read this book so I am going to try ordering it again!

  11. 1130 (verified owner)

    My daughter is a bit young for this book now but it will be a good lesson for her as it has a good example of something you like being taken away and how to deal with that.

  12. accessdenied (verified owner)

    super book, you’ll love it.

  13. Hersey2 (verified owner)

    An engaging book for young children about emotions and a responsive adult.

  14. Toby Abraham-Rhine (verified owner)

    The story is simple, but poignant as it tries to metaphorically deal with loss. I ordered it to use with my students. I am curious to test drive it with them. It is nice that the parent figure does not try to teach an unrealistic lesson that everything will be okay. Instead, there is a gentle reminder that life is about tears and loss sometimes and there is resilience in that truth.

  15. [email protected] (verified owner)

    Such a peaceful read to enjoy with my children. Softens the understanding of loss and the emotions one may experience during grief. Highly recommend.

  16. mfulkie (verified owner)

    Such a great book!

  17. CT Wolfard (verified owner)

    Good book

  18. cdorrah (verified owner)

    Lovely illustrations and a sweet story for children experiencing grief.

  19. money4morey (verified owner)

    Loved this book. This author was a speaker at a leadership retreat I attended. Love books that put real life examples in terms that children can understand.

  20. RebeccaM (verified owner)

    My family and I loved this book! The pictures were very engaging and really showed a variety of emotions that even the youngest could recognize. I like the hard cover format and how it opened up discussion on emotions. Highly recommended.

  21. SMohler (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the fact that this is a quick read to teach children about grief and loss. I also enjoyed the fact that it teaches you to not be afraid to love something or someone again, even after feeling sadness.

  22. Dannella Bisconer (verified owner)

    Nice book.

  23. C Meadows (verified owner)

    I had trepidations about this book I had ordered for my grandchildren – the forward was a bit intense – and so didn’t actually sit down and read it for awhile. When I did, I found that the story should be easy for a young one to relate to, and to gain the ability to give a name to complicated emotions -an important step to managing them. I hope they like it too.

  24. Audrey/Wendy Dumire/Leedle (verified owner)

    This was a great book. My granddaughter really enjoyed it and it kept her attention. I like that it had morals.

  25. Taylor Davis (verified owner)

    Such a great story

  26. Megan Farr (verified owner)

    Daughter loved it

  27. uniquebennett (verified owner)

    This book shows a kind hearted way to help a child understand that unexpected feelings can occur and ways to cope with those feelings. My child was captivated at the well shown emotions and clearly understood the story by picture.

  28. K Hiers (verified owner)

    This is a sweet story about a girl who looses something she loves and the compassionate, understanding father helping her navigate her emotions. It would be a wonderful book to read to start a conversation about disappointment and sadness.

  29. Kim Souza (verified owner)

    I felt the story was written well. The illustrations followed the story line.

  30. Susan Chamberlain (verified owner)

    Cute story about a girl and a balloon. My granddaughter loved the story’s colorful illustrations too!

  31. Haley Nichols (verified owner)

    This book is a short easy read with a great message behind the story. My kiddo loved it!

  32. Katie Fitzpatrick (verified owner)

    I loved how this book discussed grief in a way that could make sense for little ones. I will be using this book in my classroom.

  33. Julia Fox (verified owner)

    It offers a helpful and constructive way for parents and adults to discuss grief with young children.

  34. ricemack18 (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful book to talk about loss and disappointment. Wonderful illustrations.

  35. JGodden (verified owner)

    When I initially selected this book, I thought it would help explain loss and grief on a bigger scale, such as a death of a person…but overall a good book and my daughter wants me to read it all the time. She is 3.

  36. alicia deaderick (verified owner)

    An approachable way to talk about grief and disappointment with kids.

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