Learning to say goodbye is one of the most difficult lessons. That feeling of love and loss; of not knowing what to do or how to do just normal things is overwhelming. Here’s a picture book that just might help…
author: Emma Bettridge
illustrator: Josephine Birch
Graffeg Ltd (11 October 2022)
Merlin doesn’t want to go out; not without Hobbs. All Merlin can feel; all he can see is the empty space. But off he goes anyway; down the familiar route, up the lane by the house, across the fields…through the gate. But wait. What’s that familiar smell? Will it help him learn to say “goodbye Hobbs”?
This is a story about what it means to love and lose a friend; and how to find a reason to carry on. The writing is simple with an easy and familiar-feeling flow; the rhythm of ordinary life written with a clear eloquence that evokes emotion. The beautiful line and watercolour pictures convey the atmosphere of sorrow; the sense of autumn both in the outer world and inside, in the heart. And the posing and positioning of Merlins’ body, the expressions given to his face deliver the feelings perfectly. The loss of a much loved friend is clear. Warning: if you have ever lost a loved one, you will shed tears. But you will also find heart here. As we near the end of the book, hope lifts up into the story. We understand the simplest of things…those we love never truly leave us. Quiet, meaningful, filled with feeling…a book that helps you find reasons to go for a walk again. Beautiful.
I am posting this today as I remember our dear Molly. It has been six months to the day that we lost our dear friend. It’s hard. I still expect her to come to the door when I return home from work. There are times when I still reach for her food bowl…or stare at her unused bed. This book has helped…there are reasons to go for a walk.
Thank you to Graffeg, Ltd for sending this lovely, heartfelt book just when I needed it most. https://graffeg.com/products/goodbye-hobbs