We are often told that recovering from the death of a loved one takes a long time, but time eventually heals. In this poignant and honest book, the author has taken a slightly different stance, suggesting that the feeling of loss never goes away, but we adapt and change to cope with it.
The story opens with a little girl visiting her mother in hospital, accompanied by her father. The next morning, there’s a call to say that she has died. Dad and daughter begin the long process of coping with their huge loss; the initial numbness and shock and confusion gives way to anger, resentment and confusion. The girl finds her mum’s favourite sweater, and she starts to wear it to feel closer to her. Dad explains that grief is a like the jumper: the grief stays the same size, but you eventually ‘grow into it’.
Using simple yet powerful language and illustrations, Jayde Perkin has accurately reflected a young child’s feelings surrounding the loss of a parent, and the story serves as a reminder that children grieve and process emotional trauma in different ways than adults.