Troubling situations can’t be avoided, but they can be endured with hope. That’s one underlying message in “Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness.” The much-needed book offers children space to grieve loss or admit pain, all without shame or stigma. It’s an important book that can help children when they initially ask “Why Me?” or while they’re going through the process of healing. It effectively reveals that sometimes people can’t answer the question, and that’s OK.
The author helps readers understand that their situation, while unique to them, is also a shared one. The earth and other people go through change, and that change ushers in opportunity for growth and a new perspective in life. The author successfully puts a positive slant on grief and loss without providing pat answers, or brushing children’s concerns aside. As a result, readers know someone cares and is listening. Well done.
The book also offers readers a promise: “Your world will get better. Someday, coming soon.” The text sparks hope, and can aid in recovery. The author also reminds readers they must choose how they go through loss or grief. “Why Me?” is a book families should have in their libraries because grief and loss are inevitable.
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