Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris – 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. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Children, September Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a book that was in my. Booklist Online Book Review: Goodbye , Robie H. (author). Illustrated by Jan OrmerodSept. 32p.

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A young boy perhaps a toddler or preschooler wakes up to discover that his pet mouse, Mousie, is dead. Reviews and Praise Robie Harris Speaking. Very sad day that day but at least he is buried in our goodhye. Published November 1st by Aladdin first published Aug 12, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: It’s a good way to discuss the death of a pet, or death as a concept for that matter, with younger children.

The Best Books of 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. It deals with the death of a pet mouse, and the boy’s grieving process.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. He thinks he might get another mouse some day.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad. They allow mousiee work through his feelings in his own way. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I think that’s better left up the the individual family to discuss.

I might even allow the child to respond to the book by creating some kind of art project in memory of the lost pet, similar to the box decorated in the story. This realistic fiction children’s book is intended for children between the ages of three and six pre-k through 2nd grade.


He plans for the funeral by painting a picture of himself to put inside the shoebox that will hold Mousie. Sep 19, Jo added it Recommends it for: This is shown in a goodbte that can help young children process this. Preview — Goodbye Mousie by Robie H.

Many pet loss books depict their main characters joyfully purchasing a new pet at the conclusion. The little boy’s dad tells the little goodbge that Mousie died and tries to comfort his son. Apr 17, Randie D.

Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris

His father attempts to explain death but the boy is too emotional to think rationally. In our family’s recent losses, C has not been able to hold or bury anyone after they died, so the process of an actual burial in the book was not itself helpful to understanding our experiences, though the process of having some kind of memorial is still relevant for us.

The language is just simple enough, that I would feel comfortable using it even with a preschool child. It is a sad story but it is a good story to let children how to handle dead start with a young age. Reminded me of my dog Hobo of when he died. Goodbye Mousie is a breath of fresh air in this regard. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This might be a good book for a child who has just lost a pet or a loved one. Uplifting details the boy’s mouse slippers, a stuffed mouse toy offer a glimmer of hope, and the solidity at the heart of her characterizations—especially in the portraits of the narrator seeking comfort from his parents—will be immensely reassuring to young readers.

At first, I thought this was a really great book.

Goodbye Mousie

Want to Read saving…. Oct 27, Danielle Mootz rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book concentrates on the many feelings a young child has, on the preparation for the burial and on beginning to come to terms with a major loss. Teachin This realistic fiction children’s book is intended for children between the ages of three and six pre-k through 2nd grade.


I thought the ending was very appropriate – it honors the feelings we have when we lose someone. But he wasn’t okay at the end of the book. Now, in Goodbye Mousie, with the help of wonderful illustrations by Jan Ormerod, Harris deals with the end of life.

The text acknowledges even grief for a small pet is difficult and legitimate. There are some helpful parts to the book.

May 10, Abby Pooch rated it it was amazing Shelves: He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad. It’s simply more touching and, I think, comforting. Then his parents help him create a tombstone and give him a box mouzie put Mousie in. The book has easy text and easy vocabulary to help younger children better understand what has happened in the story.

I discussed with C that when someone dies, they will NOT be feeling things like hunger or boredom anymore. Harris has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including the definitive Family Library about sexuality: Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. When his father explains that Mousie is dead, the child is furious.

Goodbye Mousie » Robie H. Harris, Children’s Book Author

However, I have mixed feelings about a lot of what the book does. Good book to use with young children to explain death, in this case, the death of a pet. She lives in Massachusetts.