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A little boy responds to his mother''s death in a genuine, deeply moving story leavened by glimmers of humor and captivating illustrations. When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her. He shuts all the windows to keep in his mother''s familiar smell and scratches open the cut on his knee to remember her comforting voice. He doesn''t know how to speak to his dad anymore, and when Grandma visits and throws open the windows, it''s more than the boy can take--until his grandmother shows him another way to feel that his mom''s love is near. With tenderness, touches of humor, and unflinching emotional truth, Charlotte Moundlic captures the loneliness of grief through the eyes of a child, rendered with sympathy and charm in Olivier Tallec''s expressive illustrations.
"THE SCAR handles its excruciating subject matter beautifully...Tallec's red-infused acrylic and pencil drawings convey the boy's every expression with a sensitivity and heart that will move children and adults alike."
From the Publisher
When his mother dies, a little boy is angry at his loss but does everything he can to hold onto the memory of her scent, her voice, and the special things she did for him, even as he tries to help his father and grandmother cope.
Very sad, touching in turns, and occasionally quite funny, this picture book is a fine addition to the library of children's books about death and dying. A little boy awakens to find out that his very ill mother died in the night. Angry, confused, and sad, he experiences a variety of emotions and reactions. He worries that his father won't be able to cope, and wants to keep all the windows closed to make sure his mother's smell lingers. When his grandmother arrives, she helps the boy to see that there are other ways to remember his mother. With illustrations.