The Daffodils Still Grow - Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell (Book Review)
The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughter
Author: Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell
Publisher: Mascot Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
* * *Death... seems like the wrong subject for a Children's book. The Daffodils Still Grow is anything but wrong.
As I read about this book, it is this subject of death and grieving that caught my attention.
As a mother reading this book, I felt myself choking up.
"Dedicated to all motherless children, no matter your age. You are the best thing your mother ever made!"
I am blessed that I don't relate to this book from experience. And yet, it touched me, made me want to hug the grieving daughter.
The Daffodils Still Grow does not exploit the emotions, it does not trivialise the grief by offering cliched platitudes, it soothes and understands.
Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.
The Daffodils Still Grow is certainly a must for anyone, who has known the loss of a loved one. I feel it is important for every child, to sensitize them to the pain and facts of life and loss.
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I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review
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The Daffodils Still Grow is a full-color illustrated book that portrays life after a loved one dies as seen from the observations of a motherless child. “Beautiful and inspiring.”
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About the Author
The Daffodils Still Grow was inspired by diary entries of the author/illustrator, Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell, after the death of her mother when she was 14. “My mother committed suicide when I was 14, and after nearly a year of crying and hurting, I was surprised -- almost shocked -- to see the daffodils she planted right before her death still bloom again. It was a big wake-up call to me that, even though she was gone, I could still carry on without her FOR her. Somehow, our loved ones still find a way of communicating with us when we need it the most." Sherri Elizabeth now attends Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She has a BA in both communications and studio arts from Austin Peay State University. She hopes that every parent will know how irreplaceable and loved they are to their children and that every child who has lost a parent will know they are not alone. Remember, the daffodils still grow!
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