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Flying Hugs and Kisses (Book and Activity Book)

by Jewel Sample
Illustrated by Lori Kiplinger Pandy

      Fine Niche Reading for Families or Friends of Families Who Experience Sudden Death Syndrome

How does a family deal with the most difficult event it may ever face?

I hope by getting the help they need. Author, Jewel Sample, and illustrator, Lori Kiplinger Pandy, have written Flying Hugs and Kisses and an accompanying workbook with the same title to help families who suffer from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It is also an excellent resource for the families associated with them -relatives and neighbors. Everyone will need both understanding and comfort.

This book does not mince or dodge away from the idea of death, of losing a loved one -that would only make a child uncomfortable. It might make him or her feel that there was shame attached to the event. The fears of surviving children -the idea that if death could come so easily to a baby it might come easily to them- are met head-on as well. Still, this is a sensitive book, one that assures those who must face this kind of event that joy still exists in the world, and helps them to find. it.

I also highly recommend the activity book, which will help those affected work though their feelings. The book includes a few pages that give children practice in handling an emergency. Some of the activities have nothing to do with the subject at hand, a welcome relief. Some help with important concepts like celebrating life and events like funerals.

The Book

Lifevest Publishing
(Book) 2006
(Activity Book) June 2007
(Book) Hardcover
(Activity Book) Paperback
(Book) 1598791192
(Activity Book) 1598793772
Children's Non-fiction Preschool to Elementary Grades
More at Book
Activity Book
NOTE: Also Available in a Spanish Language Edition (Bezos y abrazos al aire, ISBN 9781598792911)

The Reviewer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and a chapbook of poetry titled Tracings, winner of the Military Writers Society of America's Award of Excellence and named Top Ten Best Reads by the Compulsive Reader. She is also the author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books including The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, the 2004 winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year and Irwin awards.
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