Searching for Seashells by Kerry Rosser and illustrated by Nicky Johnston

Today we said goodbye to Jimmy.

Lots of people were there. We blew bubbles. Jimmy liked bubbles.

A gentle yet empowering story about dealing with the loss of a younger sibling, Searching for Seashells by Kerry Rosser allows children to learn how to overcome feelings of grief in our own way and through the support from others.

Written from the perspective of an older brother, we hear about baby Jimmy and all of the wonderful things he used to do and loved doing.

“He loves yoghurt and bubbles and searching for seashells”

Readers will feel the different emotions that this young boy goes through as he deals with missing his brother.

Along with his family, he moves through sadness and anger but when he finally feels happiness there is a tinge of guilt. The way Kerry Rosser has written this book helps children to know that it is ok to feel happiness when we remember lost loved ones.

This book is told gently and with understanding. The illustrations by Nicky Johnston also give a sense of calm.

Children and families who are or have experienced grief will love this book for the space it allows them to feel all the emotions that come with the loss of a loved one.

Searching for Seashells is a book for all schools to have on hand to share with any family who has lost a loved child.

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