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An Author’s Perspective

To me this book is not only meant for children. It is meant for the parents and adults who model expression of feelings every day. The message I wanted to give over is that when our children experience distress, we don’t need to approach their feelings as if it was a problem meant to be solved. We simply need to bear witness and just be present with them as they experience their feelings. The most powerful part of the book, for me, were the pages in which one of the animal characters lost her egg. She was sad and sat down and cried. What did the mother character and her friends in the book do? They didn’t find her another egg or try to convince her it wasn’t so bad that she lost her egg. They sat down on the ground and cried with her. This to me is a profound message: about sadness, grief and the best way we can support our children and all our loved ones. We don’t need to fix things. We don’t need to take away their pain. We need to be present. To see, hear and listen. To join them in their pain. And by doing so, we are making it just a little easier to bear.

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