Missing Mommy by Rebecca Cobb

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Rebecca Cobb, Author and Illustrator

Henry Holt and Company, Fiction, April 2013

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Theme:  Death, Grief, Mother, Family Support

Opening“Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone. I have tried looking for her.”

Synopsis:  A young boy’s mother dies. He doesn’t understand what has happened or where she has gone. He searches for her and finds some of her clothing hanging in the closet. He feels scared and angry because he doesn’t think she is coming back. He worries that she left because he was naughty.  Daddy finds a way to help the boy and his sister keep their mother’s memory alive.

Why I like this book:  I really like that this story because  it is told from the boy’s viewpoint with a lot of simplicity and honesty. It is a touching and loving debut picture book written and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. I am always searching for good grief books for children.  Missing Mommy deals with the pain, fear, and anger of the losing a parent, but is balanced with the loving support from family.  The artwork is childlike, as Cobb uses watercolors and crayons to create childlike simplicity for her young readers.

Resources: Missing Mommy will help spark a discussion about death and grief between children and parents.  It’s never too early to talk about death with children because they may first experience the death of a pet or grandparent. For further information visit Rebecca Cobb at her website.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

24 thoughts on “Missing Mommy by Rebecca Cobb

  1. Oh! This is such an important theme. I can’t imagine anything worse for a child than to lose his/her mummy. Thank you, Patricia for your vigilance in always finding treasures.


  2. Such a good book to feature as we go into Mother’s Day weekend. It sounds as though this book deals with an incredibly tough topic in a sensitive way. Thank you for sharing it with us, Pat!


  3. Situations like the one the boy is going through, break my heart. What a truly devastating time for someone in life. But I think books can be a powerful force for good to help in these difficult times that life sometimes hands us. Sounds very good.


    • Thank you for visiting. Rebecca Cobb did very well to have her first PB published by Henry Holt. Am always searching for good grief books. Many people visit my blog to search for them.


  4. A book like this one would be helpful to a grieving child who has lost its mother. Close friends of my grandsons lost their mother a few years ago. At that time, I wouldn’t have thought about a book to help them understand. Since I’ve been following your blog, Patricia, I understand how books might help to heal children who are hurting from life’s experiences that many have to face.


    • Thank you Freeda. I am always searching for books that are healing for children during important times in their lives. Rebecca Cobb’s book is ideal for a young child dealing with loss.


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