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Goodbye Mousie [Paperback]

Robie H. Harris , Jan Ormerod
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26 Oct 2004
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 it. He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad. 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.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (26 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689871341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689871344
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 22.9 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan Omerod is the illustrator of Goodbye Mousie and I Am Not Going to School Today by Robie Harris, as well as many other picture books, including several she has also written. Born in Australia, she now lives in Cambridge, England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea 25 May 2013
By Zed
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great idea, but unfortunately didn't help the child with understanding the concept of death, which I do not think is because of the book, but more her age hence, the five star rating
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
Excellent book which deals with death so well for children to understand in a simple but detailed explanation. Great for working with a child or children who are faced with death and I would recomend this book above others in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars realistically written and beautifully illustrated 11 Nov 2002
By Diane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I checked this book out at the library not knowing the subject. The cover shows a small boy playing with his mouse, but the first page starts out with the boy waking up to find his mouse "asleep". Written in the first person (of the boy), this book is sensitive and realistic in how a parent might help a young child deal with the death of a pet. It relates the father's tenderness in talking with his son, who goes through the range of emotions, including denial, sadness and anger. The boy appears to be of the preschool age, and while he seems to understand the finality of death, he also wants his mousie friend to be warm, well fed, and entertained after they bury him. The words are comforting to read and the illustrations are simple and beautifully done.
My 3 yr old boys have not personally experienced the death of a pet, but they've asked to read it several times. Our next door neighbor's dog died this summer and relate the mouse and the dog. They are very aware of the fact that the mouse died and is gone to "mousie heaven" (their words, not the books). They ask questions and empathize with and comfort the boy. We personally have an older bunny and dog, so I will certainly have this book in mind when they pass on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic story to help children cope with loss. 18 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Today I read ten books for children on death and loss at my local book store. GOODBYE MOUSIE by Robie H. Harris was selected for its clear, realistic emotions experienced by a young boy when his pet dies. The book was purchased to place in an elementary school library in memory of a first grade teacher who unexpectedly passed away recently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a magnificent way to teach children about loss! 13 Dec 2001
By "just1k" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I work as a therapist, and I think this is a great book to help to "normalize" (as much as possible) the process of losing a pet. I think this book can also serve as a springboard for children and parents to talk openly about loss. Robie Harris' book is a hit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Easy-to-Understand Book About Death 12 Oct 2004
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One morning, a young boy wakes up to find his beloved pet mouse, known as Mousie, asleep. No matter what the little boy does, Mousie just won't wake up. His Father informs him that young Mousie has died. The young boy doesn't want to believe his Father. After all, little Mousie was fine the day before, and he was a very happy mouse. The boy is soon overcome with anger that Mousie has left him without any warning, and feels very sad. But after talking about the good times he shared with Mousie, and creating a special box for Mousie's burial that is filled with all kinds of goodies for Mousie to enjoy once he gets to mouse-heaven, the boy begins to feel a lot better about the loss of his beloved Mousie.

Robie H. Harris has done a marvelous job in creating a book for young children, that will explain to them easily why their pet had to die. The prose is wonderful, and possesses an easy-to understand format, while each page is filled with gorgeous full-color illustrations by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a spectacular book that should occupy a space on everyone's bookshelf. Especially for those who have young children, and own pets.

Erika Sorocco

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic story to help children cope with loss. 18 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Today I read ten books for children on death and loss at my local book store. GOODBYE MOUSIE by Robie H. Harris was selected for its clear, realistic emotions experienced by a young boy when his pet dies. The book was purchased to place in an elementary school library in memory of a first grade teacher who unexpectedly passed away recently.
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