THE DAFFODILS STILL GROW
A Book for Grieving Daughters
By: Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell
Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Mascot Books
Based on a True Story
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At the age of fourteen, author Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell was left motherless. As an adult looking back on her diary entries, she decided her feelings could be helpful to others in the form of a children’s book. After that first year of her mom being gone, she remembered the surprise she felt when the daffodils her mom had planted still bloomed. It was a reminder that Tidwell could carry on, just as the daffodils did.
In this full-color, beautifully illustrated book, Tidwell takes the reader through all the emotions a young girl might face after the death of a mother. She expresses pain at a quiet house, seeing her friends with their moms, and not wanting to get rid of her mom’s possessions. The illustrations offer just as much emotion as the words on the page. This isn’t an easy topic and certainly not a book you would give to just anyone. But, for girls who are suffering without a mom, the words offer a hug, an understanding, and hope to a grieving child.
As a hospice social worker, I had a difficult time recommending books for young children dealing with grief because, at the time, there just weren’t very many out there. It is a hard topic to handle in books and these type of books aren’t going to be sitting on the shelves right when you walk in the door of your favorite bookstore. This book handles all those delicate feelings young girls and even teenagers are facing as they try to move through life without a mom.
|Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell|
Sherri Elizabeth became motherless at the age of fourteen. Inspired by her own diary entries, the author wrote and illustrated this book for other motherless girls. Sherri Elizabeth now attends Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She has a BA in both communications and studio arts from Austin Peay State University. She hopes that every parent will know how irreplaceable and loved they are to their children and that every child who has lost a parent will know they are not alone. Remember, the daffodils still grow! You can find Sherri Elizabeth on Facebook, HERE, and Twitter, HERE.
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