Now out: Mama Bird Lost an Egg by Evelyne Fournier, illustrated by Chloloula

The illustrations in this short book are beautiful and full of the wonder of nature. They form the background to a story that is about a mother bird who loses an egg. Clearly, this is an anthropomorphized story about miscarriage. The listener sees how the mama bird’s living child tries to cheer her up as the two go on a flight that shows the beauty of their world. When they return home, Mama Bird feels better.

This book fills a niche as there are few stories that explain miscarriage to young children. For this reason, it is a valuable resource. The book is sweet but may leave young ones feeling not only that they make their parents happy but also feeling that it is up to them to make things better. Parents should reassure children that this is not their responsibility but that family love does make things better. This book can open up a tough subject for young children and their parents.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.

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