Where Did My Doggie Go?

Coping With Grief Through Imagination: Children in Grief, Volume 3

Children - Social Issues
32 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2016
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Author Biography

Tracy Wayland (1970-present) is originally from Seattle, WA and currently lives in Southern California with her husband. She has made her living as a technical analyst but has always had a strong artistic side and a caring heart. The idea for her first series of children's books, Children in Grief, was born from the ashes of her life's greatest tragedy, the death of her only son in 2013.

A lover of children with a newfound sensitivity for significant loss, she decided to rebuild her life and use her intense pain to help others in similar situations. Her unique perspective on this topic, as well as her love of children of all ages, has inspired her to write books which reach a grieving child through the use of their imagination to drive a positive message home... that their loved one is never further away than their own heart.

The Children in Grief series of books was written by a grieving mother to assist children grieving a significant loss. These books approach the topic of loss from a child’s perspective and take the reader on a journey of imagination in the quest to explore the questions they have about where their loved one has gone. These books are written with humor, love, and a positive message for the whole family!

Books in the series:

· Where did my brother go?
· Where did my sister go?
· Where did my doggie go?
· Where did my kitty go?
· Where did my grandma go?

Future titles:

· Where did my grandpa go?
· Where did my mommy go?
· Where did my daddy go?
· Where did my friend go?

The book series is available for sale in paperback and kindle editions at www.amazon.com.

For more information about Tracy Wayland and her books, please visit her author page at www.amazon.com/author/tracywayland.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Where Did My Doggie Go? Coping With Grief Through Imagination: Children in Grief, Volume 3 is a children's storybook written and illustrated by Tracy Wayland, and dealing with social issues. The narrator in this tale is a little boy whose dog has died. He doesn't really understand what that even means and tries, through a series of imaginative exercises, to envision his dog pursuing a number of different activities and adventures. No one else seems to really be telling him what happened. Perhaps his doggie's gone to work for a dog treat manufacturer or is finally eating all the chocolates and other forbidden treats he ever wanted. Pondering all the different journeys and experiences his dog could be enjoying helps to ease the pain of having his dog gone forever. And finally, he understands that his dog and the memories of his pet will always remain in his heart.

In a compassionate, humorous and gentle tale, Tracy Wayland's imaginative picture book on loss, Where Did My Doggie Go?, addresses the devastation a child may feel when their best friend and constant companion dies. This inexplicable and harsh fact of life is handled via the imagination and draws upon the child's memory of that beloved, and now departed, friend. Wayland's prose is whimsical and sweet as she offers the doggie's grand adventures and culinary feasts as possibilities, and her illustrations are lively, brightly colored, and apt to produce a smile even in the darkest moments of grief. Where Did My Doggie Go? Coping With Grief Through Imagination is thoughtful, gentle and kind, and it's highly recommended.