Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Kid's Grief and Loss Book Review

Stacy Had A Little Sister
By Wendie C. Old
ISBN: 0807575984-1995
Fiction: Children, Death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Siblings
Contact Reviewer: jmsample[at]
Publisher: Albert Whitman & CO
Publisher site:
May 10, 2008

Stacy demonstrates mixed feelings about her new little sister Ashley. When Ashley dies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Stacy has another set of mixed feelings and questions about Ashley; and how things have changed in her family. Stacy even wonders if she will get “peanut butter sandwich hugs” now that Ashley is gone. Stacy learns how to cope with the loss of her little sister with her parents help.

When a baby dies suddenly the family is overcome with shock and tremendous grief. The concept of death is very hard for young children to understand, however it is important to provide them with simple answers to their questions. Old provides straightforward and factual answers to questions SIDS families tend to have when this type of tragedy occurs.

When read with my grandchildren they became sad because they wanted the story to have a happier ending. However Stacy Had A Little Sister helped them to understand that SIDS families cope just as differently as they live in diverse communities. There are many ways to grieve over the loss of a loved one.

Reviewer recommends Stacy Had A Little Sister as a bereavement resource for educators, families, churches and mental health professionals to read with children.

For more information about her books visit Wendie C. Old

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