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.