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  • By Alexandra Giambruno
    Dec 9, 2009
    Tough Tommy by Sharon Burns, is a charmingly illustrated picture book that handles a “tough” topic very well. When Tommy Turtle’s Daddy dies unexpectedly, Tommy is devastated—the pond he and his Mommy and Daddy always loved to swim in turns dark and scary and Tommy no longer likes doing all the things he always enjoyed. He is angry and deeply sad, but over time, through talking to his Mommy and other turtles who loved his Daddy, the sadness begins to lighten. Tommy decides to keep a journal to express his feelings which helps him to talk about and remember his Daddy with love. Burns addresses this serious issue with humor and warmth yet without any sugar coating. She acknowledges the despair and the pain that death brings to a young child while at the same time showing in a kid-friendly manner how life does go on. Eventually, life becomes bearable for Tommy and realizes his Daddy’s love is always there forever in his heart. Children will enjoy the artwork, which is kid-like and fun... More > with just the right mix of being light-hearted yet poignant, a perfect compliment to Burns’ bitter-sweet and important message, which will touch children and adults alike. Alexandra Giambruno, Head of Children's Services, East Hampton Library< Less
  • By Lisa Peluso
    Nov 19, 2009
    As the director of a center for grieving children and families I found Tough Tommy to be a gentle and honest portrayal of the grief process. It has been a useful tool to help begin conversations in our childrens groups. The concept of not being alone and of hope reinforce what we believe here and are very comforting to children as well as adults. The beautiful illustrations capture each child's attention. Tough Tommy is a wonderful addition to our library. I recommend it to children of all ages who are grieving. Lisa Peluso, Executive Director Mary's Place, A Center for Grieving Children and Families
  • By Claire Loughlin
    Oct 25, 2009
    As a kindergarten teacher I am always looking for children's literature that conveys a lesson or value that is easy for children to relate to their own experiences. Tough Tommy is one of those beautifully written stories that touches the hearts of children because everyone has had a loss that has left them saddened,whether it has been a pet, a toy or a loved one. This wonderful book is enhanced by beautiful illustrations that keep even the youngest readers enraptured. This is a great choice for children,parents,grandparents and teachers. You will cherish this book as much as I do because it helps to explain loss in a way that everyone can understand. It touched my heart and it will touch yours.
  • By Betsey Malesardi
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Tough Tommy" Tough Tommy, is an outstanding book for all educators, counselors and families that deal with the sensitive topic of grief and loss. As an Elementary School Principal I was so impressed with the exceptional written story line that follows Tommy's journey of grief and then hope. Ms. Hansom's illustrations are magnificient and truly touch of the heart of a child. The author's,Ms. Burns, training as an Art Therapist develops the theme and stages of grief that demonstrates to the child that they are not alone in their feelings of loss and sorrow. This is a book theme that is greatly needed in our schools when we work with children in handling their own grief and in having others understand what they may be going through during a loss.We have made this book a part of our School's Counseling library,but more importantly our School Library, because it is an vital topic to discuss with all children. Ms. Burns and Ms. Hanscom are talented individuals with great... More > sensitivity toward children and family life. I hope this is just the beginning of their collaboration for a series of books on such vital and important topics. Betsey Malesardi NYC Elementary School Principal< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Sharon Burns
March 26, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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