Christopher and his mother have a strong relationship, with Christopher's mother almost seeming like superwoman with all the different things that she does - watering the garden, cooking breakfast, painting the house, building things out of blocks - all because Christopher's father has died. One day his mother cleans up the small, old, and unimportant things that had belonged to his father and packs them into a box which they take to a second-hand store in the city. Over the next few days and week the things begin to reappear - and one night Chrisopher's mother finds out why.
This is a charming book that is lovely to share, even with children who have not lost a loved one. It neatly sidesteps the usual pitfalls of being too emotional, or too much "it will be alright", or "we know exactly how you feel". I loved this book and hope that it will bring comfort to children who have lost someone dear to them.
If you liked this book then try:
- The sunshine cat by Miriam Moss & illustrated by Lisa Flather
- Always and forever by Alan Durant & illustrated by Debi Gliori
- Old Hu-Hu by Kyle Mewburn & illustrated by Rachel Driscoll
- The grandad tree by Trish Cooke & illustrated by Sharon Wilson