Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile

Samantha Jane misses her father very much. Sometimes the sadness feels so big she is afraid to let herself feel it. Sammy Jane is also worried about her mother, and whether they are all going to be happy again someday. But then she feels guilty. Is it right to feel happy when her father can’t be here to enjoy life, too?

In this gentle story, Sammy Jane learns to face her feelings and to realize that they won’t go away if she ignores them. She also discovers that sharing those feelings is both comforting and reassuring. With her mother’s help, she finds ways to keep the memory of her father alive. And finally, she understands that a full, happy life is what her father would want for her. 4 – 8 years

© 2007 Kaplow, Julie & Pincus, Donna
Audience: Children