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Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris ,. Jan Ormerod Illustrator. One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won't wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn't believe it. He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad. But talking about Mousie, burying Mousie in a special box, and saying good-bye helps this boy begin to feel better about the loss of his beloved pet.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Goodbye Mousie. Oct 23, paula rated it it was amazing. This is the closest thing to a perfect death-of-a-pet book I've ever seen. No euphemisms, no metaphors, abundant acknowledgement of the validity of a small child's feelings - both sorrow and anger.
Wonderful pencil and watercolor drawings by perhaps my favorite realistic illustrator of all time - Jan Ormorod - are the perfect accompaniment to Robie Harris's sympathetic but no-nonsense text.
An absolutely perfect book. It very realistically and sensitively details the early experiences of a loss of a pet to a small child. The parents willingness to assist and support the child for the mousie's 'funeral' was just lovely.
Mar 08, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: toddlers , c-read , kindergarten , preschool , loss-grieving , goodbyes. This is a book that does not address what happens to the soul after we die.
It doesn't discuss things like heaven, and whether mice go there. I prefer books that don't talk about heaven, so that was a plus. I think that's better left up the the individual family to discuss. The book addresses what those of us who are left behind deal with. There are some helpful parts to the book. Losing someone you love can lead to denial, anger, sadness, and a need to do something to honor the one who was lost This is a book that does not address what happens to the soul after we die.
Losing someone you love can lead to denial, anger, sadness, and a need to do something to honor the one who was lost and deal with your grief. This is shown in a way that can help young children process this. However, I have mixed feelings about a lot of what the book does. I don't believe someone who has died will be experiencing things like hunger or boredom anymore. I see nothing wrong with burying a mouse with food and toys, but I do see something wrong in suggesting that otherwise the poor dead creature would have been suffering without these things.
I discussed with C that when someone dies, they will NOT be feeling things like hunger or boredom anymore. I thought the ending was very appropriate - it honors the feelings we have when we lose someone. In our family's recent losses, C has not been able to hold or bury anyone after they died, so the process of an actual burial in the book was not itself helpful to understanding our experiences, though the process of having some kind of memorial is still relevant for us.
Feb 16, Peacegal rated it really liked it Shelves: humane-education. Unfortunately, our culture often sees pets, especially small ones, as replaceable. Goodbye Mousie is a breath of fresh air in this regard. The text acknowledges even grief for a small pet is difficult and legitimate. A young boy wakes up one morning and finds his pet mouse has passed away during the night.
They allow him work through his feeling Unfortunately, our culture often sees pets, especially small ones, as replaceable. They allow him work through his feelings in his own way. I was also pleased to see the author realize that replacement of a living being is not immediate or required. Many pet loss books depict their main characters joyfully purchasing a new pet at the conclusion.
As evidenced by Mousie and other sensitive pet loss books, thank goodness some take a different view. Nov 11, Shannon Filidis rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-literature.
This realistic fiction children's book is intended for children between the ages of three and six pre-k through 2nd grade. This book is about a little boy who lost his pet mouse. Throughout the story the boy's parents are trying to get him to understand that "Mousie" passed away and will not come back.
I rated this book five out of five stars because I think it does a great job at explaining the topic of death to younger children. Death is inevitable, and everyone has to go through it. Teachin This realistic fiction children's book is intended for children between the ages of three and six pre-k through 2nd grade.
Teaching children about death is the only way they will truly understands what happens when a family member or a friend passes away.
This book shows the passing of a pet, which children also have to face in life. The book has easy text and easy vocabulary to help younger children better understand what has happened in the story. To me, I feel that explaining the death of a pet first, before the death of a human, can also better help children have a better and more clear understanding of death.
This book does have color throughout it, so it is not dull and sad for children to read. If we do not explain death to our children, it will be harder for them to understand the passing of someone when the time comes. Mar 23, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books.
Summary: A little boy wakes up one morning and tickles his pet mouse's tummy, but Mousie doesn't move. So begins this story for the very youngest about the death of a pet. Daddy tells the boy that Mousie is dead, but the child prefers to think that Mousie is just very, very tired. Slowly, after lots of tears and many questions, the boy comes to terms with the fact that his pet is gone. He plans for the funeral by painting a picture of himself to put inside the shoebox that will hold Mousie.
He w Summary: A little boy wakes up one morning and tickles his pet mouse's tummy, but Mousie doesn't move. He will get another pet, but not right away. Ormerod's honest pictures, black-pencil line drawings with watercolor washes on buff-colored paper, capture the emotions of the situation and chronicle the boy's move from disbelief to acceptance.
The endpapers, on which Mousie cavorts, show what a delightful little pet he was. The choice of a first-person narrative has a tendency to distance listeners because the boy often sounds older than he looks.
Still, this covers all the bases of a frequently asked-for subject. Nov 03, Hannah Grosse rated it really liked it. This book was kind of sad, but also really good, and super cute. You really get into the point of view of the child as you share in his torment of discovering death.
The illustrations are done really well, giving you an accurate idea of the look on the poor child's face as he realizes he will never be able to play with Mousie again.
One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won't wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn't believe it. He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad. But talking about Mousie, burying Mousie in a special box, and saying good-bye helps this boy begin to feel better about the loss of his beloved pet.
Not since The Tenth Good Thing About Barney has there been such an affecting and satisfying story about the death of The boy and his parents put Mousie in a box with some of his favorite things—carrots, a piece of jam toast, and a toy or two—and make a headstone for him out of driftwood. Harris ; illustrated by Chris Chatterton. Harris ; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road.