Love you, Teddy "tail" of loss and hope
Teddy is a young bear whose carefree, secure life is shattered when his father dies suddenly. Teddy and his family struggle through the grief process. He is finally able to find a balance between the memories of the past and having happiness in the present. The book includes a section for the child to write in “My Story” as well as resources, and activities.
About the author
Virginia Ulch is an elementary counselor. She has been a foster and adoptive parent for 20 years. Virginia currently lives with her husband, children, and a variety of critters.
Many children receive their first stuffed animal in the shape of a teddy bear. Teddy bears have become cultural representations of warmth, family, and love. Ms. Virginia Ulch has adeptly incorporated this icon into her story of real life, love, and loss. All of the emotions we feel regarding family, identity, attachment, loss, anger, grieving, and remembrance are brought to the surface through her story of Teddy. Her prose blends seamlessly and enhances the wonderful candid photography of her father. The readability is suitable for very young children. This book guides the reader through the emotional depth of the loss of a parent, to understand that life renews itself in all of us, given time and understanding. You will thoroughly enjoy the journey of Teddy and his family in the wild. Just be certain that your child has their favorite teddy bear in their grasp while reading this delightful story with you.
Wonderful book. Superb resource for anyone who works with children who have experienced a death. Mr. Burkert’s photography is splendid. Mrs. Ulch has covered all the areas of concern that children have when someone dies. Her book answers children’s questions in a nonthreatening context. Children are allowed to express their concerns and feelings about death as they read the book. The activities at the end of the book are well thought out and easy to use. The children I have used the book with, say they like it and it answered questions that they didn’t know how to ask or were too embarrassed to ask.
Carlotta Clink, M. Ed., LPC
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