The memory box A book about grief

Joanna Rowland

Book - 2017

Grieving over the death of a special person, a young child creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one. Includes a guide for parents with information from a Christian perspective on helping manage the complex and difficult emotions children feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Minneapolis : Sparkhouse Family 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781506426723
1506426727
Main Author
Joanna Rowland (author)
Other Authors
Thea Baker (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A girl with long blonde hair candidly reflects on the death of an unspecified loved one. Worried that she might forget the person, she puts together a "memory box" filled with tokens to remind her of "everywhere we've been, everywhere you've been, everywhere we wanted to go." Baker's mixed-media collages integrate bits of fabric and softly textured papers, creating a homey atmosphere that dovetails nicely with the girl's homemade box. Rowland gently suggests that grief doesn't always move in a straight line ("Some days are good.... Other days, I wonder if I'll ever stop feeling sad") and emphasizes that one can cherish memories while simultaneously moving forward. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"I'm scared I'll forget you..."From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together. The unique point of view allows the reader to imagine the loss of any they have loved - a friend, family member, or even a pet. A parent guide in the back includes expert information from a Christian perspective on helping children manage the complex and difficult emotions they feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.Joanna Rowland grew up in Sacramento, California where she still lives today with her husband and three children. She teaches Kindergarten by day and writes picture books at night. In the summer you'll find her at the pool coaching synchronizing swimming or cozying up with a book."A small children's book can't say everything, but it can say something very important. This wonderfully illustrated book does just that. Joanna Rowland gently reminds a hurting child that amid the pain of losing a loved one to death, their love remains alive in memory and relationships, and that love is not diminished even as the child is called to go on living. Many young (and old!) hearts will find real comfort and courage in these pages." --Kelly M. Kapic, author of Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering"When a loved one dies, children need consolation, love, support, and affection. The Memory Box addresses this difficult subject sensitively. This beautiful book will help start the grieving process and support children to talk about their loved on in a normal,healthy way." --Sue Atkins, author of Parenting Made Easy: How to Raise Happy Children"Baker's mixed-media collages integrate bits of fabric and softly textured papers, creating a homey atmosphere that dovetails nicely with the girl's homemade box." --Publishers Weekly"Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box is beautifully illustrated by Thea Baker and will help adults talk about this very difficult topic with children ages 4 to 8." --Midwest Book Review, Psychology ShelfThe Memory Box is a 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards winner-a contest intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Grieving over the death of a special person, a young child creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one. Includes a guide for parents with information from a Christian perspective on helping manage the complex and difficultemotions children feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

After the death of a special person in her life, a young child creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one.