Today is my stop on the bookstagram tour for Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? by Anna Friend and Jake Biggin, so I decided to also share it on my blog, and I am excited to be sharing a review from not only me, but also my 4 year old daughter with you all.
“My love for you can never leave, It’s like the sun, the air you breathe…”
Jack’s mum is very poorly, and he’s worried about what will happen when she’s gone…
Will mummy take her love as well?
A moving yet reassuring journey through a child’s feelings of grief.
I can not put in to words how beautiful and special this book is. Explaining the death of a loved one to a child is such a difficult thing to do, and for them to understand, and Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? is one of those books that will bring a huge amount of comfort during that time, and be of great help. I also thought that the mindfulness activities in the back of the book are a really nice touch. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous too!
Evelyn and I had a little conversation after reading and she was happy that Jack’s mummy’s love will always be there. She loved the illustrations in the story too. Evelyn picked out one specific sentences which says “And even though I will be gone, the stars at night will sing my song.”, and told me that it reminds her of Anna. Anna was our dwarf hamster who recently died, and it is the first real experience of death that Evelyn has had. When Anna died, I told Evelyn that at night, the brightest star in the sky is Anna, and she will always be there. This has been a big comfort to her, and she often talks to the stars at night.
About The Author:
Anna Friend is a writer, director and actor. She has spent the last ten years creating performances for children with her company, Quirky Bird Theatre. She is a mum to two boys, Jack and Billy. She lives in Wiltshire with her family.
About The Illustrator:
Jake Biggin is an artist and illustrator. He studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London. A father of two, Jake works in a little box at the end of his garden.
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