Missing Mummy : A Book About Bereavement, Paperback

Missing Mummy : A Book About Bereavement Paperback

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Written and illustrated by a new talent in children's picture books, this extraordinary book deals with the loss of a parent from a child's point of view.

Perfectly pitched text and evocative artwork explore the many emotions a bereaved child may experience, from anger to guilt and from sadness to bewilderment. And importantly, the book also focuses on the positive -- the recognition that the child is still part of a family, and that his memories of his mother are to be treasured.

Beautifully illustrated with moments of wonderful warmth and the gentlest humour, this is a touching, honest and helpful book that approaches a difficult subject with great integrity.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780230749511



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his book is subtitled as <em>a book about bereavement</em> and as such I was able to prepare myself for what I anticipated was going to be a sad read. This is a lovely, simple exploration of a young child grieving for a parent, it touches on the some of the emotions a child might experience and some of the misinterpretations a young child might make - e.g. thinking that mummy has gone away 'cos he was naughty. The illustrations have a childlike quality, they are done in nice bold colours throughout rather than taking a more pastel approach. I think this book would be good for a child in this situation and it would be good for their peers too.

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