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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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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 |
The Scar opens up with the main character's mom dying on page one. As the book progresses, the child is trying to figure out how to handle is mother's death while keeping his dad happy. I was surprised about how blunt the book was about the mother's death. I think the message of the book is a good one especially for children who are in similar situations. The child eventually realizes his mother will always be with him although not in a bodily form. ( )
  mferaci | Feb 4, 2015 |
This book is not what you would think by looking at the cover. This book is about a young boy who's mother passes away. He struggles with not wanting to forget her and taking care of himself and his father. I believe this is very appriopriote for a child who just lost a parents. It gives the reader insight on what it would be like and helps cope chilren who know what thats like. All in all, it's avery good book. ( )
  BriannaMaeee | Jan 29, 2015 |
This book is a very cute/sad story about a little boy who loses his mom due to a terrible illness. The boy tries to cope with the situation by trying to help his dad do the things his mother used to do. The boy tries to keep his mom in his mind and he fears that her scent is fading and that will cause him to forget about her. He picks on a scar he has on his knee to be able to hear his mom's voice comforting him. I think the author does a great job describing the boy's feelings and I had a tightening feeling in my chest during the entire story. Death is a delicate subject and it is important to address it since children go through this and its something we cannot avoid. ( )
  cvarela | Nov 11, 2014 |
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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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