In this useful book from the First Experience series, the affable star of Mister Rogers? Neighborhood helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do.?A sensitive and sensible first book about death.? ? The Bulletin of the Center for Children?s Books? Filled with warmth and reassurance,…When a Pet Dies assures youngsters that no matter how badly they feel when they lose a pet, in time their hurt will ease, and they will be able to remember with fondness the happiness they shared.? ? BooklistFred Rogers and Jim Judkis live in Pittsburgh, PA.
Many children have experienced the death of a pet. This can be their first experience with grief and can help shape how they deal with later experiences with loss. This illustrated book deals with a child’s feelings about the loss of a beloved pet. Mr. Rogers is sensitive but clear and direct when he explains the finality of death. This book can also be used to initiate a conversation about the death of a relative in a less threatening way. The parent may want to read the book as well to help explain it to the child.
-Carol E. Watkins, M.D.
Filled with warmth and reassurance,…When a Pet Dies assures youngsters that no matter how badly they feel when they lose a pet, in time their hurt will ease, and they will be able to remember with fondness the happiness they shared.
Every parent should have this book if they have pets and children. Mister Rogers takes the parents and child through the steps of grieving for a lost pet. It tells them what to expect as in emotions and gives tips on things that will make it a little easier to handle.
Children’s Literature –
Anyone who has ever watched a “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” episode can predict what kind of story will be found between the covers of this paperback book. This title in Fred Rogers’ “First Experiences” series is a wonderful jumping-off point for a parent or other caregiver to discuss the touchy subject of death. Using the death of a family pet as a touchstone, the book explores the feelings that are common to children-and indeed adults-as they move through the grieving process. The text is full of warmth and reassurance without falling into sentimentality or sidestepping the issue. Accompanying photographs focus on a young boy who has lost his dog, and a young girl who has lost her cat. The photography adds an emotional sub-text to Rodgers’ calm narrative, and illustrates amply how friends and family can help in the healing process. This is a wonderful introduction to a difficult subject: a sensible and sensitive first book about death.