Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement” as Want to Read:
Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  231 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Some time ago, we said good-bye to Mommy. I am not sure where she has gone.

Honest and straightforward, this touching story explores the many emotions a bereaved child may experience, from anger and guilt to sadness and bewilderment. Ultimately, Missing Mommy focuses on the positive—the recognition that the child is not alone but still part of a family that loves and suppor
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published August 1st 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Missing Mommy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Missing Mommy

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 454)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 24, 2016 icha rated it it was amazing
ah...(deep breath)...

wouldn't you agree that it takes less words to have most tears..?

well that is the thing you may find, not after you finished read this,
but you may found it right when you were reading it..

reading the pages,bit by bit, just flew me away to a figure of my dad...
i am just thinking about my dad...who is in silencely lay on bed in hospital for more than a week..

i am all about my loving dad...
the one who always spread love, joy and happiness ..
but he is the one that i am still se
Harun Harahap
Waduh...ini buku begini amat sedihnya.. kok luar biasa sedihnya.. bisa terpuruk deh orang yang baca ini kalau yang mamahnya udah meninggal dunia..
Aamil Syed
Feb 23, 2016 Aamil Syed rated it it was amazing
There couldn't be a better way to approach this tender topic. This is just too wonderful and touching a book.
Edward Sullivan
Apr 10, 2013 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A young boy feels a range of emotions as he grieves the loss of his mother. Simple, honest, and compassionate.
LH Johnson
Books about bereavement are a big interest to me and I collate ones that I come across in a reading list. I am such a fan of Rebecca Cobb's work and this book is beautiful.One of the things I think Cobb does really well is that she understands a child's viewpoint. It's a book written from the viewpoint of a bereaved child who is trying to understand where Mummy has gone: "Some time ago we said goodbye to Mummy. / I am not sure where she has gone". There's so much there in that simple, precise st ...more
Jayne Pryor
Feb 25, 2016 Jayne Pryor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bereavement
A beautiful, well written book which covers a very difficult subject.
Kenzie Wright
Mar 03, 2016 Kenzie Wright rated it it was amazing
Missing Mommy by Rebecca Cobb
Missing Mommy was a heartbreaking story that tells the truth of dealing with a loss. A young boy loses his mom but in the beginning he is wondering where she is. He looks around, thinks she forgot some of her things, and he doesn’t understand why she hasn’t taken the flowers that they have left her. He blames it on himself and worries that he is the reason she hasn’t came back. His daddy explains how mommy died and won’t be coming back. So they deal with her loss as
Ayesha Hussain
Feb 26, 2016 Ayesha Hussain rated it it was amazing
Never thought a child's picture book would make me eat a whole tub of ice cream and sob my eyes out. The girl which had no name was commonly shown at the bottom of the page which linked to what the words were trying to express that she had a low spirit and wasn't happy about not being able to see her mother any more... The images which were shown was Unframed which meant the girl wasn't trapped, however this contradicts what the story was saying about the emotions the girl felt, I personally fee ...more
May 17, 2016 Fromwordstoworlds rated it it was amazing
Death is one of the inevitable things in our lives. Its mystery has preoccupied humanity since the very beginning.
When a child loses a parent explaining death becomes one of the most painful and difficult tasks. Missing mummy is a story about this kind of bereavement. Rebecca Cobb kindly tries to explain the death of the mother from the little child’s perspective.
In an extremely honest way, Rebecca Cobb presents all the emotions a child can feel when realizing his loss. It seems the worst experi
Mar 15, 2016 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I went from "oh this book looks interesting and could talk about some serious topics, let's check it out" to an intense battle of fighting back the tears streaming down my face in a feeble attempt to finish this book.

Wow. I've read children's books that surprised me with thoughtful stories, but never one that took me into an intense roller coaster ride in so few words and very simple pictures.

What I love most about this book is that it speaks through a child's perspective, and through very simpl
Danica Midlil
May 26, 2013 Danica Midlil rated it it was amazing
Really well done! These sorts of books are usually of poor quality, but this is a rare exception. The illustrations are stellar and the text is just right.
Powerful book about a young child trying to understand what is happening when her mother dies. For more accessible that Michael Rosen's Michael Rosen's Sad Book (which is also excellent) since the narrative is through the eyes of a young girl who can make no sense of how the world has changed around her. The language is simple yet evocative of the thoughts and images a young child might have in such a confusing time of their lives and we also get a glimpse into how other members of her family fe ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a well done book about a child loosing his Mom. For the child who needs it, it is just absolutely perfect.
Limau Nipis
A picture children book about bereavement is a rare thing indeed. I find this picture book a very treasured find.

It was direct to the point, and the author's retelling was awesome, from a child's point of view.

Losing a mother at such a small age is hard. But, there are not many to cater to young childrens, so I find this book interesting and stand up on its own.

Children should never blame themselves for their parents' death. Not because they are naughty, it is just a way of life.

I am so glad tha
Mitchell Ary
Oct 22, 2014 Mitchell Ary rated it it was ok
Shelves: edrd-314
this book does a really good job at creating an appreciation for the mom that you have in this life. however when reading it, i almost felt guilty the entire time. i kept asking myself do i treat my mom the right way? do i value her like this little kid does his mom? but then i started to realize that i didn't like feeling that way because i do value love and treat my mom. i guess this is a good book for a kid to read if he has lost a parent or relative to grasp the understanding of death but i ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Missing Mommy is a simple read with good themes about the strength of family to overcome hardship. It is a good tool to help a young child who has lost a parent to cope. The family in this story has just lost their mother. The father cries and the son is angry because he doesn't understand. The family finds ways to cope by keeping her memory alive, but most importantly remembering that they have each other.
Aug 27, 2013 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I think that Cobb is very brave for writing a children's book like this because it is a very touchy subject. how do you explain to children death? This is a well written book with soft, easy to understand language that shows children that life does go on after there has been a death in the family, and that their loved ones will always love them as well. A child seeing this from another child's perspective (the child in the book) may help them bettee understand the sit ...more
Abby Pooch
Jan 28, 2016 Abby Pooch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bereavement, children
A great book for young children about bereavement, as they often do not understand what is going on. Very simply explained, and an accurate portrayal of what happens after someone dies in a young child's life.
A simple, sweet, and clear story from a young child's point of view. This one is perfect for families with young kids who have lost a parent or other beloved adult.
Apr 09, 2013 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
his book is subtitled as a book about bereavement and as such I was able to prepare myself for what I anticipated was going to be a sad read. This is a lovely, simple exploration of a young child grieving for a parent, it touches on the some of the emotions a child might experience and some of the misinterpretations a young child might make - e.g. thinking that mummy has gone away 'cos he was naughty. The illustrations have a childlike quality, they are done in nice bold colours throughout rathe ...more
Krissy Stoeger
Apr 16, 2014 Krissy Stoeger rated it it was amazing
excellent book

What a touchy book! It helps to explain death and grief to a very young child. What a sad book but very well done.
Apr 11, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really like this book because I think it would be really helpful to a young child who has lost his or her mother. It explains what it means to lose someone in the simplest terms. That said, it is so sad to imagine children missing a parent in this way. The illustrations are simple which allows the reader to focus on the emotion rather than visual detail. I wish no child needed to read this book. Also, I kind of wish there was a "Missing Daddy" for those who have lost their father. While this b ...more
Ellen Isabella
Feb 23, 2016 Ellen Isabella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2016
This book is so sad and touching. It's like looking into a child's mind and feel how they feel about loosing a parent.
May 14, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing
This book broke my heart. To know that 1 in 10 children lose their mother at a young age saddens me.
May 22, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
This is a very well-done book on bereavement for very young kids. A boy describes how he feels after his mom dies: sadness, anger, fear. It's also hopeful, though, when he talks about his family and how they are coping. The child-like tone of the text and the crayon drawings make this a gentle and accessible book for young kids who might not really understand death. One quibble that I have - and this is really about book publishing than this particular title - is that it seems like picture books ...more
Anna Kerman
Apr 19, 2016 Anna Kerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good resource to help with bereavement, to the point and easy to understand.
Melanie Johnson
Very cute book for younger children maybe in kindergarten or preschool.
Rachel Placchetti
Grade: Prek-2nd grade
Theme: death of a mother, grief
Lanea bittaye
Mar 01, 2014 Lanea bittaye rated it really liked it
this book made me cry. its so sad and written really well.
Melody Harmon
Apr 29, 2013 Melody Harmon rated it liked it
So I don't know what I was thinking. I was at the library, and this was in the display for the month. I decided to grab it because I just assumed that it would be a book about mommy hiding, or something like that. Given the cover of the book I had no idea that it was about bereavement. That knowledge came when I was reading it to my son. I guess I learned a valuable lesson. I should never just grab a book, and go. I am sure it is an excellent book for children needing to know about death, but I ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 15 16 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Scar
  • Boats for Papa
  • My Grandpa
  • The Very Inappropriate Word
  • Rabbityness
  • Yes, Let's
  • Rain!
  • Octopus Alone
  • Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!
  • The Museum
  • Brief Thief
  • How to Be a Cat
  • Harry & Hopper
  • Bluebird
  • This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
  • Daisy Gets Lost
  • Crankee Doodle
  • Inside Outside

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »