Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The Fix-It Man - Children's Book Review!
It's handy having a dad who can fix just about anything. A young girl believes her father is the king of fixing things. But following the death of her mother, she discovers that broken hearts are not as easy to repair as damaged toys and cracked teapots. Together, she and her father find a way to glue back the pieces of her lives. The Fix-It Man is a poignant picture book that explores how a child can cope with the loss of a parent (in this case, the young girl's mother). Repairing damaged emotions is not as straightforward as gluing a broken kite back together or sewing up a torn toy. And grief affects all members of a family, with each responding in their own way to the loss. By sticking with her father, the young girl is able to strengthen her resilience and ability to cope with one of life's harshest experiences. The author was encouraged to seek publication for this story after receiving the endorsement of several grief counselors who work with children and who recognized the need for a book such as this.
I haven't lost a parent, yet. I am 42 years old, and it hurts to even think about losing one of them. I couldn't imagine losing my mom when I was a little girl. But my mom did. She lost her mother when she was around 9 years old. This book might have helped her when she was little to understand more about what was going on in the world and how to heal with her mom not alive anymore.
The book doesn't really mention the mom passing away. It talks about days with the little girl and her dad doing things and her dad fixing things. Then it mentions that her dad can't fix her mom. Then the girl and her father are sad and it seems as if the mother passed away. She's not on the pages anymore. But it shows that the dad and little girl learn to heal together over her mom's passing. I don't like subliminal books. But this one opens up conversation between the parents or grandparents and children about someone dying.
I feel that this book is great for all children. As they need to learn that some of their friends might or might not have both a mother and a father who is alive, and it might help them to understand that they can heal if they lose a parent of their own.
You can purchase a copy of "The Fix-It Man" on amazon or at your local book store.
Disclosure: I received a copy one copy of "The Fix-It Man" children's book in exchange for my post. No compensation was exchanged or received.