About the Book and Author
Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? is part of the the Big Little Hearts series written to support families dealing with traumatic events in life. These books have been written by Anna Friend and are accompanied by striking pen and ink drawings by artist Jake Biggin.
Anna Friend was inspired to write this book in memory of her friend, who lost her life to breast cancer. It is a moving yet reassuring journey through a child’s feelings of grief. With his mum very poorly, Jack is worried about what will happen when she’s gone…
Will Mummy take her love as well?
“My love for you can never leave,
It’s like the sun, the air you breathe…”
The words are very poignant and the illustrations are beautiful
“This is a very short story with nice pictures but it was sad.
I liked doing the relaxing games with my family and I liked talking about the things we love doing together.”
“It made my mum cry but she cries at everything!” Sam, Sophie’s big brother (11 years)
Mum’s opinion: I read this book with Sophia and thought it was an excellent book that dealt with the topic of grief. It’s a topic that can be hard to talk about and I can be guilty of guiding the children away from discussing it but this book would be a very useful tool when talking to children about the subject.
The words are very poignant and the illustrations are beautiful. They reminded me very much of Charlie Mackesy. At the end of the story there were pages with mindfulness prompts which were lovely to work through together.
Overall, despite the difficult subject nature, the book has a very warm feeling.
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- Name: Sophia
- Age: 4 years
- Likes: princesses, playing with my dog and reading books
- Dislikes: brown flowers and not going to nursery
- Favourite Book: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Favourite Film: Moanna
- Favourite Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star