No Matter What

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Author: Debi Gliori

Illustrator: Debi Gliori

Publisher: Bloomsbury

How this book might help: May provide reassurance for an insecure or anxious child that their parents' love for them is unconditional and constant, despite the circumstances. It sensitively reinforces the message that love carries on, even after someone dies.

The key message behind this simple and beautiful book for small children is that the love a parent feels for a child is constant and never dies, no matter what happens. The two characters, a parent (Large) and a child (Small) are not identified as male or female. Small is 'grim and grumpy' and says 'nobody loves me at all'. Large provides reassurance that Small will always be loved, grumpy or not. Small asks many 'what if..?' questions: "If I turned into a bug, or a bear, or a crocodile, would you still love me?" Large explains comfortingly that their love will never go away, no matter what. The author addresses the difficult issue of what happens to love when a parent dies. Large shows Small the night sky, and explains that some of the stars died a long time ago, but they continue to glow and shine brightly. The book ends with the words 'Still they shine in the evening skies, love, like starlight, never dies'.

Things we liked about this book: Beautifully illustrated

Worth Noting: The language is forthright in places, which some parents may find raises challenging questions from a child. Small says, "But what about when you're dead and gone, would you love me then, does love go on?".

Age Range: 2+

Tags: comfort, bereavement, anxiety, death, divorce, emotions, family, father, fears, loss, love, mother, sadness, separation anxiety, serious illness, terminal illness

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