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The Scar

by Charlotte Moundlic

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Candlewick (2011-11-08)

List Price: $15.99

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Amazon Description

A little boy responds to his mother's death in a genuine, deeply moving story leavened by glimmers of humor and captivating illustrations.

When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her. He shuts all the windows to keep in his mother’s familiar smell and scratches open the cut on his knee to remember her comforting voice. He doesn’t know how to speak to his dad anymore, and when Grandma visits and throws open the windows, it’s more than the boy can take—until his grandmother shows him another way to feel that his mom’s love is near. With tenderness, touches of humor, and unflinching emotional truth, Charlotte Moundlic captures the loneliness of grief through the eyes of a child, rendered with sympathy and charm in Olivier Tallec’s expressive illustrations.

One Potato Review

“Mom died this morning. It wasn’t really this morning. Dad said she died during the night, but I was sleeping during the night. For me, she died this morning.” There’s probably more anger here than you bargained for, and incomprehension, and denial - still maybe not. Somebody’s got to tell this story: of closing windows to prevent the smell of her escaping, and making your heart race so you can continue to feel her inside you. The scar of the title reminds you of her voice, but who’s going to make your toast the way you like it? Uncompromising and essential. 

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