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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Jazmine is very sad. She misses her Daddy. She misses all the things they used to do together: the books they read, the fun things they did at the park. It's not easy losing a loved one, and Jazmine is having difficulty understanding why her Daddy had to die. None of her friends at school understand, and sometimes Jazmine feels mad when she sees them having fun with their Daddy. Mommy realizes Jazmine is having a difficult time. She arranges for her daughter to attend a grief support group for children. Jazmine's not too sure, but after listening to other children her age talk about losing their Mommy or Daddy, she finds it easier to open up about her feelings.
Ta'Shay Mason's picture book story, It's Ok To Be Happy: A Child's Journey Through Grief, Book 2, is a tender and compassionate presentation of grief and the pain and sorrow losing a loved one leaves behind. The plot follows a little girl, Jazmine, as she shares her feelings from sadness to brief moments of happiness and anger until she meets others facing the same feelings of loss. She can come to terms with her life without her Daddy. It's not easy for Jazmine, but with a positive and loving support group: her Mommy, her Cousin Jimmy and the new friends she makes at the grief support group, Jazmine can resolve her emotions. Grief and loss of a loved one are difficult to discuss for any age group, but this compassionate presentation, complete with beautiful, colorful illustrations, will certainly help young readers dealing with the same issues as Jazmine. As Jazmine learns and shares with young readers, losing a loved one might be difficult to accept, but life still goes on.