Rebecca Cobb, Author and Illustrator
Henry Holt and Company, Fiction, April 2013
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Theme: Death, Grief, Mother, Family Support
Opening: “Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone. I have tried looking for her.”
Synopsis: A young boy’s mother dies. He doesn’t understand what has happened or where she has gone. He searches for her and finds some of her clothing hanging in the closet. He feels scared and angry because he doesn’t think she is coming back. He worries that she left because he was naughty. Daddy finds a way to help the boy and his sister keep their mother’s memory alive.
Why I like this book: I really like that this story because it is told from the boy’s viewpoint with a lot of simplicity and honesty. It is a touching and loving debut picture book written and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. I am always searching for good grief books for children. Missing Mommy deals with the pain, fear, and anger of the losing a parent, but is balanced with the loving support from family. The artwork is childlike, as Cobb uses watercolors and crayons to create childlike simplicity for her young readers.
Resources: Missing Mommy will help spark a discussion about death and grief between children and parents. It’s never too early to talk about death with children because they may first experience the death of a pet or grandparent. For further information visit Rebecca Cobb at her website.
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