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Something Very Sad Happened : A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death - Bonnie Zucker

Something Very Sad Happened

A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death

By: Bonnie Zucker, Kim Fleming (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 29 October 2016 | Edition Number 1

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Something Very Sad Happened is intended to be read to two- and three-year-old children to help them understand death and process the loss of a loved one.

When a loved one dies, it can be hard to know how to explain it to a young child, particularly if you are grieving the loss yourself. Written at a developmental level that is appropriate for two- and three-year-olds, the story explains death; lets children know that it is okay to feel sad; and reassures children that they can still love the person who died, and the person who died will always love them.

Since the two- to three-year-old child cannot read, this story is intended to be personalized; certain words are color-coded in red to cue to you to substitute with the appropriate names and pronouns for the person who died.

Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information about talking to children about death, guidelines for answering a child's questions, advice for attending funerals and visiting cemeteries, and ideas for commemorating the loved one.
Industry Reviews
"No one likes to think about it, and even fewer plan for it, but explaining death to a toddler can be a difficult task.... The author acknowledges that a book on death written just for little ones is a bit niche but emphasizes in the foreword the need to properly discuss this tough situation with young children.... An important book to have on hand for those who serve toddlers." -School Library Journal

"Essential, powerful, and psychologically researched resource to equip adults to model healthy grieving and help children at this age with loss." -Booklist

"Something Very Sad Happened is impressively exceptional and an invaluable addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections." -Midwest Book Review

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