Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris

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When I woke up this morning, I tickled Mousie's tummy. But Mousie didn't wake up.

When a child learns that his pet mouse has died, at first he can't believe it. "Mousie is NOT dead!" he insists. "He's just...very...very sleepy this morning."

But it takes time for the young narrator to understand that Mousie IS dead and he's not coming back. With the help of his family, the child finds out that it's perfectly okay to feel angry and sad when his pet mouse -- whom he loves -- dies. By voicing his feelings and asking questions, he finally begins to accept Mousie's death.

Beautifully told by award-winning author Robie H. Harris and gently illustrated by world-renowned artist Jan Ormerod, Goodbye Mousie is a perfect book with which to help children cope with loss.

 

About Robie H. Harris

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Jan Omerod is the illustrator of Goodbye Mousie and I Am Not Going to School Today by Robie Harris, as well as many other picture books, including several she has also written. Born in Australia, she now lives in Cambridge, England.
 
Published November 1, 2004 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A little boy’s pet mouse dies, and he and his family cope, in this gently done true-life tale by a team that has such an elegant grasp of the workings of the minds and hearts of children.

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In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "Harris's sensitively rendered narrative successfully tackles a child's first encounter with death, through the eyes of a preschool-age boy.

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Acceptance finally comes after he and his parents bury Mousie, and it is authentically childlike: "So, maybe someday, I'll get another mouse," the boy says, stretched across the floor and contemplatively dawdling with Mousie's exercise wheel.

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