In this world, it can be a little tricky to meet people you connect with. Finding those kindred spirits? What a rare gift. I can’t say how blessed I feel that my path crossed with Stephanie Giese, the powerhouse behind Binkies and Briefcases, a while back through this blogging world. Steph is a breath of fresh air with her realism, kindness and wicked smartness. She’s a true friend, and there is no one I would rather be planning this Blog U Conference with.
Steph never fails to impress me. Most recently, she is hitting it out of the ballpark with her new children’s book, The Cookie Jar Parable. She tells you all about the book and the sweet, personal story and prayer of how it came to be here, but in short, she wrote this book to help kids process their grief after a loss in a way that makes sense to them.
As it says on the back of the book:
Elliot’s grandpa is in Heaven now, and Elliot is sad. He is a little nervous to visit Grandma’s house since Grandpa won’t be there anymore. Will she be upset? Is she lonely?
During their visit Grandma shares a special story with Elliot. Her story is about a jar full of cookies that have been created to be part of a great celebration. Through “The Cookie Jar Parable” Grandma is able to help Elliot understand that it is all right to be scared of death and loss, but on the other side there is a wonderful celebration waiting for us.
This book is perfect for my kids. At 2 and 4, they are only starting to get that their Grandma is “gone”. My 4 yr. old son is working really hard on the concept of “death” and “Heaven”, and anything that can help us with this would be, in the most literal sense of the word, a Godsend.
The meaning of the books translates well into different faiths, and is full of colorful illustrations to appeal to young ones. Also, it’s only 6″x7″, so it’s great for small hands and for throwing in a backpack.
I’m so thrilled with this book! Thanks to Steph for creating such cool tool to help us parents as we navigate through a more difficult piece of this world with our kiddos.
Check it out on Amazon (you can preorder now and it will be available for sale on 1/28/14), enter below to win one of 2 signed copies below. As long as you are 18 or older and a resident of the continental U.S., you are good to go!
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