Sometimes sadness strikes from out of the blue, and we’re not really sure why we feel the way we do. Kids feel sad, too, and don’t always know how to handle it.
In Farewell Sadness, Roxane Marie Galliez tells of a boy who feels sad. He works his way through the sadness and feels bigger for having faced it, but he still feels something is missing. That’s when he meets a friend, and they both laugh the sadness away.
Sandrine Lhomme presents sadness as a very large black squiggle that I think kids will easily relate to. How many children have sat down with a pen and paper, frustrated and sad, and scribbled their own black circle?
Facing emotions and learning how to deal with them is a skill even grown-ups haven’t yet mastered. It’s great to see a book that shows kids it’s okay to be blue, but there are ways to cope with it and even laugh at it later. Farewell Sadness would be a great addition to any child’s personal library.
Reviewer: Alice Berger