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The Scar

Title: The Scar
Author: Charlotte Moundlic
Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2011)
ISBN: 9780763653415
Translated from French. “Mom died this morning. It wasn’t really this morning. Dad said she died during the night, but I was sleeping during the night. For me, she died this morning.” A boy goes through the grieving process after his mother dies from a long illness. He experiences sadness, anger and the fear of forgetting her, including closing windows to keep his mother’s scent close. Scraping his knee reminds the boy of his mother’s reassurance that he was “too strong for anything to hurt.” Acceptance of his mother’s death begins when his grandma tells him his mother will be forever in his heart.

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Child Bereavement UK: Supporting Families and Educating Professionals 
Child Development Institute: How to Talk to Kids About Death
Education World: Getting Emotional: Learning About Feelings
Novak Djokovic Foundation: Emotions are Integral to Learning 
Olivier Tallec Official Website
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