We have pets in the M household, and although the fish have come and gone, with just a few tears shed, I know when #DAVETHEDRAGON (Our bearded dragon) or our beloved kitty's go on to the next life, there will be a lot of heart ache. Im hoping that will be in many years to come, but its best to be prepared, therefore when I was asked if I would like to review a book about pet bereavement, I didn't think twice.
I was sent the newly released book called Missing Jack, by Rebecca Elliott. I didn't read the book before reading it to the girls, as it arrived in half term, on a cold wet day. We were snuggled up on the settee under a duvet, and it just seemed right to read it straight out of the package.
The girls loved the bright colours, and the story flowed very well. It started off by saying how great his pet cat is, and how he doesn't like some characteristics of other cats.
Then Jack got old, and all of a sudden the colours disappeared, and the greys and browns replaced it. You could tell it was a sad part of the story. This got the emotions across to even S who is just 3, that this was a sad part, but still made it fun, with inviting mice round for a cup of tea....
The next page had me a little stunned with the direct line.... Then Jack died. I must admit, I did actually say WOW, however the girlies didn't seem upset, as it all fitted in with the story. I was glad I hadn't read it first before the girls, as this would have put me off. It is a fact of life, and sometimes children like it being told to them straight.
The story doesn't end there though. His parents decide to get another cat a little later, and the boy doesn't want another pet, he wants Jack back. He misses Jack, and a new pet wont replace Jack. However, the new pet does other cool things, and has his own lovely personality, which the boy then loves just as much as Jack, and that's OK.
The story starts happy, and ends happy, which is always great. It is a good story for young children, and explains pet bereavement. S wanted to read it over and over again on our cosy afternoon snuggled up, so it is a big hit here, and would recommend to anyone that has children and pets.
Have you had a pet bereavement? Do you think this book would of helped?
*I was gifted the book, in return for an honest review, all words, pictures and opinions are my own.