The Fix-It Man
Due for release March 2017 so pre-order your copy now.
It’s handy having a dad who can fix just about anything. A young girl believes her father is the king of fixing things. But following the death of her mother, she discovers that broken hearts are not as easy to repair as damaged toys and cracked teapots.
Together, she and her father find a way to glue back the pieces of her lives. The Fix-It Man is a poignant picture book that explores how a child can cope with the loss of a parent (in this case, the young girl’s mother). Repairing damaged emotions is not as straightforward as gluing a broken kite back together or sewing up a torn toy.
And grief affects all members of a family, with each responding in their own way to the loss. By sticking with her father, the young girl is able to strengthen her resilience and ability to cope with one of life’s harshest experiences.
The author was encouraged to seek publication for this story after receiving the endorsement of several grief counsellors who work with children and who recognised the need for a book such as this.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | 32 Pages |
Herald Sun/Leader Community Newspaper
“Langwarrin illustrator Nicky Johnston’s book The Fix-It Man helps parents, children deal with loss” – Interview with Nicky Johnston. Click here to read in full.
The Bottom Shelf
“This is a poignant story of loss and one that will resonate with many children who have lost a parent or other loved one. With its gentle text and soft palette, even though it is sad it is not gloomy because the love between this family oozes from the page and from that, the hope is tangible.”
“a poignant story of bereavement, this is an excellent starting point for exploring emotions of grief and loss with young children.”
“We all think it’s lovely – the way in which death and grief is dealt with is gentle and not overpowering.”
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Sally-Anne McCormack, Melbourne-based Child & Adolescent Psychologist and author (www.sally-annemccormack.com.au)
“The Fix-It Man is a story that reflects the challenges of losing a loved one, acknowledging that there is a pain which cannot be fixed, but also acknowledging that with love and support, a child can move forward after a major loss. Many people avoid the topic of death, but in this book it is addressed respectfully and sensitively, and I believe that this will be a wonderful resource for those helping children deal with grief and loss.”
Deirdre Hanna, Founder and Board Director – Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. and Paradise Kids.
“Beautifully written and illustrated, The Fix-It Man is a valuable tool for educators, parents, schools and all parents. It shows metaphorically and symbolically that through persevering and getting on with ordinary life tasks, even through the harsh reality of loss, a deeper level of love and understanding can emerge. This is a wonderful book also to benefit men as role models for grieving children, as it shows that both task AND relationship are powerful healers in the grieving process.
Over the past twenty years Paradise Kids has helped children ‘heal the heartache’ through psycho-education about the grief process through art, story-telling, movement, music and literature. We are excited to add this deeply touching story to our resources to help grieving children heal.”
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