Something Very Sad Happened

A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781433822667
Item Number: 8641


When a loved one dies, it can be hard to know how to explain it to a young child, particularly if you are grieving the loss yourself.

Sensitively written and gently illustrated, this book explains death in developmentally appropriate terms for two- and three-year-old children. It reassures the child that it is okay to feel sad, and that love never dies.

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information about how to talk about death, answer your child’s questions, and maintain your connection throughout the grieving process.


Something Very Sad Happened is impressively exceptional and an invaluable addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

Midwest Book Review

No one likes to think about it, and even fewer plan for it, but explaining death to a toddler can be a difficult task&hellips;The author acknowledges that a book on death written just for little ones is a bit niche, but emphasizes in the foreword the need to properly discuss this tough situation with young children&hellips;An important book to have on hand for those who serve toddlers.

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