Longfellow And The Deep Hidden Woods – A Book Review & Give-a-Way

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***This is a sponsored post. I received free product for review & promotional purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. ***

Longfellow and the Deep and Hidden Woods - Review and Give-a-way

Everyone in our family, even down to little Toddler-saurus Rex, are avid readers.  We gobble up the books that come through our doors and then we re-tell our favorite stories to one another.

“Longfellow” was no exception.  It is a children’s book, on an early-readers level.  It’s divided into chapters but they are very brief and have bright, colorful illustrations. That said, the subject matter is huge.  I knew, before I started reading that this was a book about death and grieving, but I had no idea how deeply it would touch me.

Longfellow and the Deep Hidden Woods - A Review and Give-a-wayLongfellow experiences all of the range of emotions that the idea of death can bring out in us.  He is bewildered, curious, angry, sad and more.  The language used is simple and captivating and I felt every single one of those emotions along with him. It’s a book that could easily be read aloud to a child, but I don’t think I could ever make it through without crying.

That said, Longfellow’s journey is very sweet and age-appropriate. His experiences in loss, grief and death would not be overwhelming or frightening to a child.  On the contrary, I think it would be a great help to a little one who has lost a loved one a pet and is trying to work through the experience in their heart.

Here is what Hushpuppy Books has to say about Longfellow And The Deep Hidden Woods:

Longfellow, the bravest and noblest wiener dog in the world…

As our story begins, Longfellow is a puppy learning how to be a good friend to his human companions, old Henry and Henry’s nurse Miss O’weeza Tuffy.  By the end, Longfellow has grown old himself, but he is still ready for one final adventure.

What happens in between is an unforgettable and heartwarming tale that throws a tender light on the difficult truths of loss and longing as well as on our greatest hopes.

If you would like to learn more or order a copy of the book, please visit HushpuppyBooks.com.

Thanks to the generosity of the author, you can also enter to win an autographed copy of Longfellow And The Deep Hidden Woods!

Just fill out the form, below. You can come back, every day, and Tweet about the give-a-way for more entries.

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36 responses »

  1. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your kind words about Longfellow. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed my story. And thank for offering to bring the book to the attention of your audience. Death and bereavement aren’t easy topics to discuss, especially inter-generationally, I hope this posting, and the book itself, will offer an opportunity for us to consider how best we can address these important subjects with our kids. Helping our children deal with the mysteries of life is our greatest gift to them. But, i contend, that we can only do that if we, ourselves, are comfortable with the topics we wish to discuss. i hope this posting opens the door to a lively exchange about how death and bereavement have impacted our lives and our families.

  2. Thank you for sharing. I love to find books that help me teach my children. We’ve never had to discuss death at a personal level in there short lives, but a book is a great idea.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss! This book would be a great way to discuss this with the kids. It is an honest and gentle look at a subject that can be overwhelming.

    • It really is great, gentle way to discuss it with them. It doesn’t “dumb it down” at all, but it is not harsh, or frightening either. I fell in love with this story!

  3. I just found your website, and I had to smile at your last three lines about raising good children and saving the world without expending too much energy. I just want to say, it is a really cute way of encouraging people to follow your blog. And my kids would probably say that I put way too much energy into trying to make the world into a better place and not nearly enough energy playing computer games with them. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m glad you stopped by! I love the idea of saving the planet and all that… but I really am lazy, so I’m a big fan of things that are good AND easy. I try to share them whenever I find them! 🙂

  4. This sounds like a great book! I see a lot of child clients in my field and it can certainly be difficult to talk with them about death and grief. This book sounds as though it would certainly come in handy! Thank you for sharing and for hosting the giveaway!

  5. Sounds like a lovely book. I think it’s good to have a book where emotions are expressed, so that kids learn how feelings are acceptable. At the moment my son just plays with books!

  6. Thank you for sharing. Trying to find the right words when it comes to subjects as serious as death is so hard, this book is a great resource for parents.

    • It really is. It’s the kind of book that opens a whole line of discussion for kids and gives them words for things they may otherwise have a hard time expressing.

    • I am sorry for your loss. I don’t think we ever truly wrap our minds around it. It’s just so much bigger than us! But, I agree. This book is a great way to help kids begin to know that the powerful feelings we all have about death and loss are acceptable and normal and healthy.

    • Yes. You will. I was crying in the big tears drippy nose sort of way. But it was cathartic and good, for all that. Good luck in the drawing!

  7. Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting. I think this is something that happens to each one of us. I love how you say that it’s written in language a child would understand, but it’s not scary. I want this book.

  8. Thank you, everyone, for all the thoughtful comments and kind words. I’d delighted that my story is generating this kind of response. I have been working with people at the end of their lives for 30+ years. I wrote a book titled: The Amateur’s Guide To Death And Dying, that was published in 2012. http://theamateursguide.com/?page_id=152 But i knew that kids were often left with no resources to help them understand the seasons of life. And while kids aren’t having the emotional response to the Longfellow book that adults are, the message is not lost on them. my experience tells me that kids will return to the story to discover the life lessons that go beyond the charming story of a dog and his human companions.

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