Finding a short and simple story about grief to help a young child better understand at least some of the many facets of grief and loss can be a challenge. Laura Olivieri’s book, “Where are You? A Child’s Book About Loss,” is an example of such a book. It is all of 17 pages, nicely illustrated, with an average of 15 words per page.
The goals of the author are straightforward. The author validates and normalizes the experiences of loss felt by young children who do not yet have the vocabulary to convey their feelings. She also offers guidance on easy and fun activities children can try to feel connected to and remember their loved ones.
In the end, readers discover that although their loved ones cannot be seen, heard or touched anymore, they live in our hearts, where they can always be remembered. Unlike many children’s books about loss, this story is told in the second person, making it applicable to any circumstance, rather than limiting the story to a specific relationship of loss. This book is recommended for children on the autism spectrum and all children, ages 3-7.
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