Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris – One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn’t believe. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Children, September Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a book that was in my. Booklist Online Book Review: Goodbye , Robie H. (author). Illustrated by Jan OrmerodSept. 32p.

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Wonderful pencil and watercolor drawings by perhaps my favorite realistic illustrator of all time – Jan Ormorod – are the perfect accompaniment to Robie Harris’s sympathetic but no-nonsense text. The little boy’s dad goidbye the little boy that Mousie died and tries to comfort his son. I wrote about the progression of the goodbbye feelings around death that even young children have-first denial, then sadness, then anger, then even some humor and then, yes, some acceptance.

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Preview โ€” Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Jan 20, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: I think younger children might goorbye more time and probably won’t be able to acknowledge their feelings without some assistance. Oct 03, Pei rated it really liked it. A young boy perhaps a toddler or preschooler wakes up to discover that his pet mouse, Mousie, is dead. Apr 17, Randie D. Oct 27, Danielle Mootz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love the sketches of the mouse, and the story is very touching and realistic.


This is the closest thing to a perfect death-of-a-pet book I’ve ever seen.

When his father explains that Mousie is dead, the child is furious. At first the boy doesn’t believe mosuie. Sensitive narration and charming illustrations.

Goodbye Mousie ยป Robie H. Harris, Children’s Book Author

Then the boy and his parents bury the box. Goodbye Mousie By Robie H. So this book is also about the loved ones we all lose over time. Mar 08, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Typical over indulged child in my opinion.

Good depiction of the anger and sadness that we feel when we lose someone we love. We really liked this story and thought it was a nice way to say goodbye to a friend.

It deals with the death of a pet mouse, and the boy’s grieving process. The decoration of the shoebox reminded me of the decoration of a sarcophagus.

I thought the ending was very appropriate – it honors the feelings we have when we lose someone. But talking about Mousie, burying Mousie in a special box, and saying good-bye helps this boy begin to feel better about the loss of his beloved pet.


Later, when the first stages of grief are worked through โ€” or, even better, before a child must confront similar losses โ€” a book like this should be shared and talked about.

This is a book that does not address what happens to the soul after we die. The prose is very nice, and possesses an easy-to understand format. Her work, which resonated with young children and adults alike, won many prestigious awards and received much acclaim.

Then the boy decorates the outside of the box.

Goodbye Mousie

View Full Version of PW. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is a lot of emphasis on symbolic ritual here, with proper burial and grave marker and a funeral with sparklers. An excellent choice to help young readers deal with loss. Goodbhe thinks he might get another mouse some day.

Cute illustrations and realisitic story. The parents are sympathetic and help him through his grief. It is mkusie a little boy who wakes up to find his pet mouse has died. The Best Books of Harris walks kids through the grieving process in Goodbye Mousie.