Dealing with loss is extremely difficult, it doesn’t matter if it’s saying goodbye to your favourite but hugely worn t-shirt or to a loved one, the exact same mechanisms are activated to help us deal with the grief and we are all different in how we cope with it. As a teacher over the years I have encountered many moments where my children asked me questions about loss or made funny-sweet statements that made me laugh. It is not an easy topic to address, especially if it concerns the loss of a family member or a beloved person. One of the best ways to address such issues is through a story. I have recently come across ‘’Lost’’ by Christine Reyenbeau, published by Dreambuilt Books, a touching, beautiful story that deals with grief and loss in a clean almost way, simply written yet it doesn’t fail to deliver the message.
I am London’s global cohost for the amazing Multicultural Children’s book day and I was lucky to be gifted with many great books that celebrate diversity and promote reading #ReadYourWorld .
In Christine’s beautiful story, a little girl called Lucy loses her favourite stuffed Giraffe, Lou, during a cruise. Lucy has been taking Lou everywhere, Lou was more than a toy, Lou was her friend, her comforter, her companion, her buddy in adventures. The description of Lou fading away, swallowed by the ocean is very strong and touching, thanks to both the text and Rachael Hawke’s illustration. Lucy is feeling very sad and she has to learn how to cope with her feelings, accept her loss and move on with her life while keeping treasured memories alive.
As an educator and a mum, what I truly appreciated about ‘’Lost’’ is that it doesn’t try to minimize the significance of loss or try to sugar-coat it because of its young audience, it rather highlights that it is absolutely normal to be hurt and sad, it is not ok to lose something or someone you love and that you should embrace all your feelings, grief, sadness, anger as it is only then you realise you’ve been blessed with amazing moments filled with love and joy and laughter.
‘’We have to be grateful for the times we had, and remember that loss is love’s cost’’
What an empowering message! Lucy’s story in Christine’s ‘’Lost’’ brims with beautiful multicultural images and messages and the last page brought a huge smile on my face but i won’t reveal anything more. Love always find its way as life goes on..
Classroom activities - Topic for discussion
- Read the book
- Encourage their understanding of the story by using flashcards or props if the children are younger
- Ask from the children to share a personal experience of loss if they have any. Please remember to be patient, give them time to develop their thoughts, do not make any comments or laugh at any explanation given that could be deriving from family's personal/cultural/spiritual beliefs
- Plan an activity for the class to create a collage or album with photos and drawings, celebrating the special moments they had and keeping their memories alive
- Extend children's learning by introducing them to different cultural beliefs , teaching them the important values of respect, tolerance and democracy
- Encourage children to share their feelings and views, supporting their Emotional and Social development
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.
Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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Evi Marami is a qualified educator, writer, busy mum and author of the new children’s story 'A shy little cat'. With over a decade of teaching experience Evi uses her writing to build positive identities through a sensitive and humoristic (or so she thinks!) approach. In her first bilingual, interactive book, Bongo the dinosaur – Bongo ο δεινόσαυρος, the kind dinosaur with the very unique name wins everyone over with his generosity and becomes their friend, in a story that celebrates diversity, friendship and teamwork deep in the roaring jungle. Now Evi’s shy little cat is called to overcome her fears and discover herself and the world in a colourful and exciting rhyming adventure that promises to keep the young (and older) readers engaged till the last page.