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Book details
  • SubGenre:Social Themes / Death, Grief, Bereavement
  • Age Range (years):6 - 8
  • Language:English
  • Pages:44
  • eBook ISBN:9780998854526

Brown Bear & Oofie Present

The Loss of a Loved One

by Masami S.C.

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Brown Bear & Oofie team up again to discuss a very difficult topic, the death of a loved one. In this book, Brown Bear is crying hysterically about her Mimi (Grandma) passing away. Oofie, who was also close to Mimi, shares the sorrow but comforts Brown Bear throughout the book with different ideas about what happens when a loved one leaves our world. This book is not geared towards any one particular religion. Instead, it provides comfort and inspires the reader to keep an open mind about the possibilities of what happens to us once we depart.
Death is inevitable. No one likes to talk about it because it is such a depressing and emotional topic. Brown Bear & Oofie are best friends and have life learning experiences together. In "The Loss of a Loved One", Brown Bear's Grandma (Mimi), has died. Oofie helps Brown Bear with emotional support and they discuss the topic of death together. This book will help parents and kids ease into this very difficult fact of life. The detailed facial expressions of the two characters will help children connect with their own emotions and grief that they are experiencing from their personal loss of a loved one. This book is not geared towards any one particular religion. Instead, it provides comfort and inspires the reader to keep an open mind about the possibilities of what happens to us once we depart.
About the author
I graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA degree. Dancing is a previous chapter in my life but I have always been a creative individual. I have now turned my creative outlet towards my books and helping children all around the world. Here is why: I want to bring awareness to kids so they know they aren't alone. My topics are social issues/ life learning lessons. I want the parents to be involved and read my books with their kids and have valid conversations and open the doorways to communicating better with them. So many young kids these days are consumed with social media and technology and miss out on learning valuable lessons in life while being disconnected from their parents. Social issues are hard. Especially for young kids. I was trying to communicate with my girls one day, and was left frustrated and unable to get my message across to them in a way that really helped them out with their problem. I sat down and started drawing simple drawings and then told a short story to go along with it. The girls were able to connect with me, and I saw that being creative and thinking out of the box, helped them relate. The girls have their favorite stuffed animals from when they were babies and I was inspired to create characters out of them and give them a voice. Brown Bear & Oofie are meant to look as if a child of a similar age of the reader, drew them. I believe the young readers can connect more this way. From my observations, before deciding on how to illustrate my books, I saw my own girls and other kids their age gravitate towards artwork that appeared to have been drawn by children. The simplicity of it all was not only appealing but just made sense. It immediately opened the door for more communication and random conversation with my girls. Random or not, it was a conversation and it worked. So after seeing this done repeatedly, I decided on my simplistic kid like drawings. I was simultaneously inspired by how kids can play for hours and hours with one background and reusable stickers, or paper dolls, or an app on their device that is basically a virtual paper doll set. That is why the background never changes in my books. I wanted to focus on the message and the details of the character's expressions and emotions.
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