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The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic

The Scar (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Charlotte Moundlic, Olivier Tallec (Illustrator)

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Title:The Scar
Authors:Charlotte Moundlic
Other authors:Olivier Tallec (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Easy, Gr.1-3, Gr.k-1, Gr.k-3, Life Lessons

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The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic (2009)

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After his mother dies, the boy in the story is dealing with many emotions for himself and his father. He feels like he is losing memories of his mother, like her scent and voice, he tries different things to keep those memories. He remembers how his mother used to care for him when he was hurt, he hears her voice when he falls down and skins his knee, then continues to pick at the scab to keep hearing her. His grandma comes to visit and lets him know that his mother will always be in his heart, which makes him feel a little better.

Age Level: 5-8
Source: Pierce County Library
  MsKrystal | Nov 30, 2015 |
A lovely sad book that can show children dealing with a family death that it is okay to be angry, and that they are not alone. ( )
  cabaty | Aug 30, 2015 |
In this story, a young boy struggles with how to cope with his mother's death and how to help his father be happy.
Ages: 4 and up
Source: Amazon.com ( )
  cintaclara_luna | Aug 17, 2015 |
This story is about a boy whose mother dies. He is angry that she has left him and even wonders why she had him if she was going to leave him behind. He can't accept that she is gone. He tries his best to be strong for his dad. His biggest worry is that he will forget what his mom was like. His grandmother tells him that she will always be with him, in every one of his heartbeats. He learns how to listen to his heart and begins to feel that his mother is near. This is a good book to read to children who have lost a loved one. ( )
  ccanizales | Mar 5, 2015 |
I really like this book, but it made me a little sad. My favorite part was when his grandmother tells him that his mother is in his heart, and runs and runs until his heart is beating really fast so he can feel her. I would not read this to children because it is sad but I would read this book for myself again. ( )
  krausch | Feb 24, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763653411, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:38 -0400)

When his mother dies, a little boy is angry at his loss but does everything he can to hold onto the memory of her scent, her voice, and the special things she did for him, even as he tries to help his father and grandmother cope.

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