Mama Bird Lost an Egg by Evelyne Fournier, illustrated by Chloloula is such a rough story to read. And, honestly, I expected that from the beginning. This is the sort of subject that is difficult to talk about in so many ways and even with the metaphor of a bird losing an egg to represent a miscarriage is difficult to read about. But, life is life and these are things that happen sometimes. I imagine there have been many, many children out there who’ve experienced something like this.
While I certainly felt uncomfortable, to a point, while reading this book, I also recognize how important it truly is. This is the sort of experience that children will definitely have a difficult time working through and understanding. Events like this are very jarring for the mother and thus would affect any children she does already have. And I imagine many children won’t fully understand what they’re going through. So, in that respect, I deeply appreciate this book for giving them a chance to work through those thoughts and feelings.
Both the story and the artwork in this book are well-done. I was impressed with the way the story handled the subject. The artwork is both beautiful and accurate. I imagine this will be a very worthwhile book for those who do read it. It is critical that children are able to work through the awkward, uncomfortable, and sad nature of such an event. And I genuinely do see this book as helpful in this circumstance. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that any child should read the book, but one who is dealing with this sort of event in their family would definitely benefit.
All in all, I was quite impressed with Mama Bird Lost an Egg. Though sad, miscarriages do happen. And they happen in families that already have children. Processing such an experience is going to be difficult, especially when the child is young and doesn’t quite understand what’s going on with their mother. I think this book could help with that.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.