Heartbreak and Happiness: How Smudge Came

Friday, January 12, 2007.

How Smudge CameAuthor: Nan Gregory
Illustrator: Ron Lightburn
Published: 1998 Red Deer Press
ISBN: 0889951616

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How better to understand our common humanity than to peek at the inner world of another — and find it so like our own? Soft, coloured pencil illustrations and sparse, personal narrative relate a poignant story of love and loss, freedom and frustration, heartbreak and, in the end, happiness.

Other books referred to in this podcast: Dr. White


Comment by Vivian of CLIP Podcast

January 12, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

I was just about to print a copy of the JOMB booklist to our librarian as my wishlist for our school library but you’ve reviewed so many awesome books since so I can’t wait for the next list to come out 🙂

How Smudge Came is another new book for me! It sounds wonderful for taking up all sorts of social issues.

On my list it goes!


P.S. I really like how you paired up Smudge with Dr.White.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

January 12, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

Thanks, Vivian,

We’ve updated the JOMB booklist for you. Thanks for the nudge!


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Comment by waddell smith

August 13, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

What age group does this book target? I do not agree that some of the issues are appropriate for 1st and 2nd grade children. How does a small child deal with the issues of hospice and death? They should be more into life and upbeat issues.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

August 14, 2008 @ 6:22 am

While it’s true that we should facilitate an upbeat and happy life in children, they are faced with life issues everyday of their lives — even at a young age — and we believe that sheltering them from that part of life is doing them a great disservice. Many children have grandparents that are older, some of whom face serious health issues and possibly death. Waiting until a loved one dies to thrust a child into a new reality could cause more upset.

While we don’t believe it’s necessary to remind children about death and tragedy on a regular basis, introducing the ideas in a controlled manner at a time when parents can have a meaningful discussion on the topic is good for everyone involved.

We think the main issue is having the confidence as a parent to face both life and death. It’s not always easy. Nevertheless, we encourage taking the time to think about it and then the time to talk about it with your child. That’s why we share these books in our community — books we’ve found as appropriate and helpful.

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