Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris – One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn’t believe. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Children, September Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a book that was in my. Booklist Online Book Review: Goodbye , Robie H. (author). Illustrated by Jan OrmerodSept. 32p.
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The text acknowledges even grief for a small pet is difficult and legitimate. Throughout the story the boy’s parents are trying to get him to understand that “Mousie” passed away and will not come back. The boy is mad! The child then moves through all the stages of grief, from denial to final acceptance, in one agonizing day. It is a sad story but it is a good story to let children how to handle dead start with a young age. Nov 11, Shannon Filidis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unfortunately, our culture often sees pets, especially small ones, as replaceable.
Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris
Very sad day that day but at least he is buried in our backyard. Then the boy and his parents bury the box. The language is just simple enough, that I would feel comfortable using it even with a preschool child. I could definitely relate – I had my share of small pets with short lives when I little. This is the closest thing to a perfect death-of-a-pet book I’ve ever seen.
When his father explains that Mousie is dead, the child is furious. Then we would talk about how to deal with those emotions. Teachin This realistic fiction children’s book is intended for children between the ages of three and six pre-k through 2nd grade. Harris walks kids through the grieving process in Goodbye Mousie.
Sep 17, Melanie Wiley rated it it was amazing. This book shows the passing of a pet, which goodgye also have to face in life. Author and artist both possess an acute sense of the boy’s emotional trajectory. Dec 05, Abby Yoder rated it really liked it. Typical over indulged child goodgye my opinion. No euphemisms, no metaphors, abundant acknowledgement of the validity of a small child’s feelings – both sorrow and anger.
I discussed with C that when someone dies, they will NOT be feeling things like hunger or boredom anymore. Jan showed the relationship between this young child and his parents, and to the mouse as well, as loving, warm and understanding.
Sensitive narration and charming illustrations. He goes, with lightning speed, through the various stages of grief in the proper order: I just didn’t care mouzie it. I wrote about the progression of godbye universal feelings around death that even young children have-first denial, then sadness, then anger, then even some humor and then, yes, some acceptance.
We really liked this story and thought it was a nice way to say goodbye to a friend. What a great book!
It’s simply more touching and, I think, comforting. But talking about Mousie, burying Mousie in a special box, and saying good-bye helps this boy begin to feel better about the loss of his beloved pet. Tell us what you like, so we goodbye send you books you’ll love. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. More books from this author: Its nice that it mpusie get to intense with the pain of grief, but I think the painting of the shoe box for a dead mouse was over the top.
Many pet loss books depict their main characters joyfully purchasing a new pet at the conclusion. Reviews and Praise Robie Harris Speaking. With the help of his family he gpodbye that it is OK to feel angry and sad when someone dies.
I rated this book five out of five stars because I think it does a great job at explaining the topic of death to younger children. Add to Cart Add to Cart. It is about a little boy who wakes up to find his pet mouse has died. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Did it die too? They allow him work through his feeling Unfortunately, our culture often sees pets, especially small ones, as replaceable. There is a lot of emphasis on symbolic ritual here, with proper burial and grave marker and a funeral with sparklers.
I chose to write in the first person because I wanted young children to identify with the voice of the child in this book.
Jan 17, F rated it it was amazing. Gooddbye morning a boy finds mouxie his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up. I see nothing mosie with burying a mouse with food and toys, but I do see something wrong in suggesting that otherwise the poor dead creature would have been suffering without these things. Harris did a decent job of capturing the emotions that a young child might feel kousie a pet dies. The satisfying acts of burying Mousie and remembering his antics show children that grief is a normal feeling.