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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Tear Soup

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Last week, I shared a middle grade book. Different from my usual Young Adult angsty reads. This week I am going even farther from the trail by posting a children's book. While listed as a children's picture book, Tear Soup is really a book for anyone who has suffered a loss. This book was recommended to me when I was struggled to help my young kids understand that their favorite aunt would no longer be able to come over and play. How do you explain grief to a prechooler that doesn't sound lame or confusing? Most of all, I wanted to let them know that it was okay to cry and to feel sad. 

This book really helped explain the grieving process in a way my kids could understand; how it is okay to feel different ways when you've suffered a loss. Listed at the back of the book are tips for cooks (those grieving) and friends of cooks, as well as national help centers for various forms of loss.

Here's the description from the inside flap: "In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of 'tear soup.' Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy's life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process. Her tear soup will help bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss."

Here is the Teaser:
"I've learned that grief, like a pot of soup, changes the longer it simmers and the more things you put into it. I've learned that sometimes people say unkind things, but they really don't mean to hurt you." 
"And most importantly, I've learned that there is something down deep within all of us ready to help us survive the things we think we can't survive."
- pg. 44, Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, Illustrated by Taylor Bills

What are you reading?
How do you deal with grief?

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