Goodbye Mousie

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Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 26 pages
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When I woke up this morning, I tickled Mousie's tummy. But Mousie didn't wake up.

When a child learns that his pet mouse has died, at first he can't believe it. "Mousie is NOT dead!" he insists. "He's just...very...very sleepy this morning."

But it takes time for the young narrator to understand that Mousie IS dead and he's not coming back. With the help of his family, the child finds out that it's perfectly okay to feel angry and sad when his pet mouse -- whom he loves -- dies. By voicing his feelings and asking questions, he finally begins to accept Mousie's death.

Beautifully told by award-winning author Robie H. Harris and gently illustrated by world-renowned artist Jan Ormerod, "Goodbye Mousie" is a perfect book with which to help children cope with loss.

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User Review  - Emily Stueven - Goodreads

A little boy's pet mouse dies. He goes, with lightning speed, through the various stages of grief in the proper order: denial, anger, etc., etc. I think the scenario rings true, especially as the boy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

A good book to read to little ones grieving over the loss of a pet. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Robie H. Harris began her career as a teacher at the Bank Street College of Education's School for Children. Her books for children include the best-selling It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health; It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families; Happy Birth Day!; and Hi New Baby!, all illustrated by Michael Emberley. Robie H. Harris lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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