Created by experienced clinical psychologist, Lynn Jenkins, and art therapist and former paediatric nurse, Kirrili Lonergan, comes a wonderfully thoughtful story that will be well-received by any young children dealing with a loss, be it of a tree or something else.
Tree has been the centre-piece of the village for many years. Everyone loves visiting Tree who is a great listener, has the answers to any problem and makes everyone feel better about themselves. It is also the perfect place to read, play, relax and socialise. So when Tree begins to look different, Loppy and Curly are very concerned. Tree’s life has come to an end and it is time to say goodbye…
Children experience all kinds of losses that often invite all sorts of mixed emotions and feelings. Whether it be the loss of a favourite soft toy, the loss of a pet, the loss of a relative or any one of a number of changes including within the family, moving house or school and leaving friends behind, it is never easy and it is essential that children understand how to process their feelings as they manage their grief and work through it.
Guided by Loppy and Curly, children will learn how to deal with loss and to say goodbye. Tree is like a best friend to Loppy who is completely devastated when Curly explains that Tree is slowly leaving. At first hysterical and unable to process what is happening, Loppy becomes sad and grief-stricken as the tears flow under the branches of his beloved friend. Fortunately, Curly is able to help Loppy work through the grief; acknowledging the loss, saying goodbye, remembering and celebrating before finally commemorating Tree’s life.
Seeing Loppy experience the same feelings as they may be, children will be comforted and reassured that what they are going through is normal and for some the duo will no doubt become firm friends. Together, Curly and Loppy are there to support children and provide gentle words of advice ensuring everyone can navigate their way through the grief process and find a way to move on.
With huge thanks to EK Books for this sweet story.
Recommended for 4+.