Picture Book Review: Lily Hates Goodbyes by Jerilyn Marler

Title: Lily Hates Goodbyes
Author: Jerilyn Marler
Publisher: Quincy Companion Books
Released: March 6, 2012
Website: http://jerilynmarler.com/


I wrote this story for my (then) four-year-old granddaughter who was reeling from the pain of her Daddy’s time away in the Navy. She was deep in denial about the scary feelings, yet her behavior clearly showed that she was in turmoil. She would run from the room instead of talk about feelings. So I wrote Lily Hates Goodbyes to give us a “third person” to talk about. Book Lily was mad. Book Lily was sad. Suddenly it wasn’t so scary for Real Lily to talk about those feelings. She asked me to read the book to her over and over. She even wanted me to sing it to her.

The result is exactly what I hoped for: Lily’s more at ease with her emotions, knows what she can do when she feels them, knows that it’s safe to say whatever she feels, knows that her Mommy will be there steadfastly and lovingly by her side through it all, and that there is a joyful reunion coming with her Daddy.

I fervently hope that this book will help your child through the long, difficult separations, too.

My 6 year old daughter loves this book. We don’t even have anyone in the military but for some reason she’s asked for it to be read multiple times.  The first time we read this book it made me teary eyed.  We’ve had several friend deployed and it’s hard to imagine what it is really like for kids to be without their dad around.

This would be a great book to give young children whose parent’s get deployed while serving our country. There are several ideas for things that children can do while missing their parent.

Rating – 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Source: Review copy