About the Book
Book: I Can’t Believe They’re Gone
Author: Karen Brough
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
Release Date: June, 2023
The mouse family has lost someone dear.
Come follow each one as Bear helps them understand all they are feeling and how each expresses it in their own unique way. Tiny is so quiet, I wonder if Bear will be able to help him too?
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I want to start off by saying that I think the author had good intentions with this book. I think helping kids learn how to grieve is important. The author did craft a cute story to help with this, and it does help children understand a little better. I also think the illustrations were really cute, and I think kids will love them.
That being said, I did have one issue with this book. The line that Wise Old Bear keeps repeating is, “You know…Emotions aren’t good or bad, or right or wrong—they just are.” I think this is a highly problematic thought to teach kids. There are some emotions that are wrong. The Bible has a clear stance on anger that isn’t righteous. Jealousy is also an emotion, another emotion the Bible takes a very clear stance on. I would have issues reading that line to a child as I wouldn’t want to reinforce that idea.
Overall I’d give this book three stars. It’s a good story for teaching children about grief, and the illustrations are cute, but that one line does concern me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Karen Brough is an award-winning author who calls Australia home. As a wife, mother of three and former teacher, she writes with a teacher’s heart for children. Karen always knew she would write a book about processing loss and grief, so she became a student of the science of grief. When Karen lost a beloved friend in 2022, she turned to writing as part of her grieving process. This story is the result—a hope investment from her heart to yours. She believes it will help others know they are not alone in their loss and reassure those who don’t know what to do with all their big emotions.
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This book has been a story of the heart and was written, well before my pen hit a page.
I had a gentle whisper of an idea to study grief, knowing that I would write a book about it at some stage, I began. At the end of my year of study, we sadly had a dear friend, taken from us far too soon. The story came to life as I processed my own grief and its words tended to my own heart.
I wanted to write a book that didn’t focus on the loss itself, but rather, gave children/adults some gentle encouragement and hope, in their own loss. A book that invested hope and reassurance about big emotions in times of loss and
It has been written in such a way, that the loss is never given a name, so the reader can adopt and relate to the mouse family as part of their own. The readers of ‘I Can’t Believe They’re Gone,’ can download their own grief activity
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