Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris – One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn’t believe. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Children, September Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a book that was in my. Booklist Online Book Review: Goodbye , Robie H. (author). Illustrated by Jan OrmerodSept. 32p.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. May 10, Abby Pooch rated it it was amazing Shelves: The poor little boy cries and cries. Outside, after he and his parents bury the shoebox, he cries a bit and then says good-bye to his friend. Everything alive now will die and explaining this concept to a child is handled very well in this book.

At first, he is mad at Mousie for dying. Description One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up. This book addresses pet loss goodbye for the very young.

Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Puts death in perspective on kid-friendly and understandable terms. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book helps moisie to understand sad concept of losing a pet, from a young child’s perspective.

Jan showed the relationship between this young child and his parents, and to the mouse as well, as loving, warm and understanding.

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It also mentions how it is normal to feel both sad and mad after a death. More books from this author: The little boy feels better when he places food, toys, and a p Goodbye Mousie is in the bibliotherapy genre.


The language is just simple enough, that I would feel comfortable using it even with a preschool child.

The child then moves through all the stages of grief, from denial to final acceptance, in one agonizing day. Set against pleasing buff-colored backgrounds, the artwork, done in black-pencil line and watercolor washes, echoes the emotional nuances of the story. Karen rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Sign up and get a free eBook!

Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing godbye today! I think younger children might need more time and probably won’t be able to acknowledge their feelings without some assistance. Mousif 17, Randie D.

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Sep 07, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: It doesn’t discuss things like heaven, and whether mice go there. I thought the ending was very appropriate – it honors the feelings we have when we lose someone. She mentions how we sometimes think our loved one will still be here, say when we wake up in the morning, but he will not be.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This book was kind of sad, but also really good, and super cute.

I prefer books that don’t talk about heaven, so that was a plus. A little boy’s pet mouse dies. But talking about Mousie, burying Mousie in a special box, and saying good-bye helps this boy begin to feel better about the loss of his beloved pet.

As evidenced by Mousie and other sensitive pet loss books, thank goodness some take a different view. Death is inevitable, and everyone has to go through it.


Goodbye Mousie

If we do not explain death to our children, it will be harder for them to understand the passing of someone when the time comes. Harris walks kids through the grieving process in Goodbye Mousie. It is a sad story but it is a good story to let children how to handle dead start with a young age.

We really liked this story and thought it was a nice way to say goodbye to a friend. I guess that’s how it is when a pet dies, but since it’s for kids, I would have liked to have seen him get a new mouse and goodbyw very happy with mosie. Great for the young child who’s lost a pet or even for a child who has to deal with losing a family member or close friend to death.

What a great book! I could definitely relate – I had my share of small pets with short lives when I little. Did it die too? I wrote about the progression of the universal feelings around death that even young children have-first denial, then sadness, then anger, then even some humor and then, yes, some acceptance. I discussed with C that when someone dies, they will NOT be feeling things like hunger or boredom anymore.

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