The Rough Patch
But beauty grows in the darkest of places, and ...more
I know Caldecott is about the artwork and not as much the story, but I’ve read all the books for this year and this is the best book of the year, in my opinion. It should have won. It’s one of my all time favorite books.
I can’t believe how simple and easy and straight forward this is. This is a healing journey. This book touched me deeply. I recognize this journey as I have had to take it. I do want to talk about the plot. You really need to read the book, ...more
*In fact, IMO The Rough Patch should be on a short list for The Caldecott Award, the cri ...more
This is a book I needed even as a 20 year old. I just lost my cat a few weeks ago, and this book was fitting for me. It shows how we act when we are grieving the death of someone we love, and beautiful but sad symbolism at the state of his garden as he goes through it... and that once we heal more, we can once again create, grow, and love. Incredibly touching for anyone who gets a chance to read it.
What a great book. Grief is something that should and ultimately must be honored, one way or another. There is no time limit on it. It doesn't matter who you lose or how long you've known and loved them. It doesn't even matter if it's a pet.
Sit with your grief. Let it grow around you. Tend to it carefully, even though it is prickly and bad-smelling and not nice to look at.
It will never be the same, but good things will grow again.
Oh goodness, I thought from the cover that it was just going to be about having a bad day, but I was so wrong. This is a picture that handles the emotions behind death very well. I think a lot of times we tell children that when we have loved ones (whether human or animal) that die that we will always feel sad. We rarely address the fact that there is a possibility that an individual will feel anger. And we don't teach that fe ...more
First sentence: Evan and his dog did everything together.
Premise/plot: Evan and his dog do everything together...until they don't. After Evan's dog dies, Evan enters a ROUGH PATCH. Will Evan ever want to live again? Will Evan ever be happy again?
My thoughts: The Rough Patch received a Caldecott Honor in 2019. I do like the illustrations. I'm not sure I loved, loved, loved the illustrations, but I definitely liked them. But do I like the story? Honestly I'm not sure that I do. Perhaps that says m ...more
I'm not crying, you're crying! Seriously, though...tears. Tears bookended this book for me. The illustrations are quality and engaging. I think this story would be a helpful one to share with someone (of any age) who is dealing with a loss.