A little girl’s devastating loss, a
grieving time and someone with a healing touch – a loving touch. A someone who
reaches out to the child and, bit by bit, mends the child, just as she mends
her favourite doll, Lucille.
Crichton Award, CBCA, in 2009.
Children's Choice - Top Six Picture Books for 2008 Dunedin
Public Library District [one of New Zealand’s biggest] has listed
“Mending Lucille” as one of the 6 top picture books as voted by its
child readers! To be picked out by the children themselves is a great
Top Ten Children's/YA Books for 2008, This week's edition of New Zealand Listener, December 20-26 2008 Vol
216 No 3580, has rated “Mending Lucille” as one of the Top 10
children’s and young adults books for 2008 [full text of the review
available online on 3rd January 2009]. This is amazing and totally blow
away news in what has been an amazing year! http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/books/breaking-barriers/
The Australian Centre for Grief Education, Monash University Medical Centre recommended book for biblio-therapy.
Recommended book for counselling children in relation to grief, loss and death - "9am with David and Kim" (Channel 10) where Dr John Irvine talks about explaining death to children. Mending Lucille is one of his recommended books.
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Mending Lucille by J.R. Poulter and Sarah Davis
Hachette Children’s Books. Hardback rrp $28.99
Mending Lucille is a book to be treasured by all. It is the story of a young girl and how she copes with the loss of her mother. The illustrations are both stunning and sensitive. The young girl relates her grief through her broken doll, Lucille. When her father can’t fix Lucille, he suggests it is time for her to be replaced. Instead, the girl hides her beloved Lucille. She’s already lost her Mother and she’s not giving up anyone else she loves.
Then they meet Chrissie, a waitress who the little girl feels so comfortable with, she shows her
Lucille. Chrissie looks after the doll while the girl and father have their tea. When Chrissie returns
Lucille has been repaired. As good as new.
Mending Lucille is a story which will help any child coping with the loss of a loved one. It shows that time will heal but you never have to forget. The theme of grief is dealt with in a sensitive and age appropriate manner. The little girl is never given a name. She doesn’t need one. She is every child who has ever suffered the pain of losing someone they care about.