In this moving and insightful book about what it means to children when a parent dies, eighteen children, boys and girls, black and white, from seven to sixteen years old-speak openly, honestly, unreservedly, of their experiences and feelings. And as they speak we see them in photographs-with their surviving parent, with thier brothers and sisters, with their pets, in the midst of their everyday lives. Their stories are set down here so that children experiencing the loss of a mother or a father may know that others have felt that same anguish and guilt, confusion and anger-and that these feelings are normal, even appropriate. It is liberating to listen to these children speak from their hearts on so profoundly personal and important a subject, and to realize how their words may be of help and comfort, whether read by a child alone or shared with a parent.
18 children from age 7 - 17, speak openly of their experiences and feelings. As they speak we see them in photos with their surviving parent and with other family members, in the midst of their everyday lives.
Jill Krementz works as a journalist, photographer, and portraitist, id addition to turning her talents to writing and photographing books for children. The publication of nineteen childrens books has established her reputation as a writer who knows how to listen to and communicate with children. She has won the praise of sociologists and educators, as well as the affection of many young readers.
Ms. Krementz was the 1984 recipient of the Washington Post/Childrens Book Guild Nonfiction Award for "creatively produced books, works that make a difference." She lives in New York City.