The Day the Sea Went out and Never Came Back: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love

The Day the Sea Went out and Never Came Back: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love

Paperback Helping Children with Feelings

By (author) Margot Sunderland, By (author) Nicky Hancock, Illustrated by Nicky Armstrong

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  • Publisher: Speechmark Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 292mm x 4mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Bicester, Oxon
  • ISBN 10: 0863884636
  • ISBN 13: 9780863884634
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: 1st New edition
  • Illustrations note: Ill.40col.ill.
  • Sales rank: 63,259

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This is a story for children who have lost someone they love. Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. Each day, he watches it going out and coming back. His sea is beautiful indeed to him. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric waits and waits, but it does not come back. So he falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything. After many bleak days, Eric sees a little wild flower. It is dying. Eric knows he must save it. He finds water. More and more flowers appear and so Eric starts to make a beautiful rock pool garden. And as he does, he finds the courage to feel the full pain of his loss, instead of closing his heart. He realises that his memories of his precious sea are like a special kind of treasure in his mind, a treasure he will never lose. The titles in this extraordinary series are a vital resource. Nine practical guidebooks, each with an accompanying beautifully illustrated storybook, have been written to help children (aged 4-12) think about and connect with their feelings. These guides and stories enable teachers, parents and professionals to recognise the unresolved feelings behind a child's behaviour and to respond correctly to help. The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back is a story for children who have lost someone they love: Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. Each day, he watches it going out and coming back. His sea is beautiful indeed to him. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric waits and waits, but it does not come back. So he falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything. After many bleak days, Eric sees a little wild flower. It is dying. Eric knows he must save it. He finds water. More and more flowers appear and so Eric starts to make a beautiful rock pool garden. And as he does, he finds the courage to feel the full pain of his loss, instead of closing his heart. He realises that his memories of his precious sea are like a special kind of treasure in his mind, a treasure he will never lose.

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Author information

Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University and Integrative Child Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with over two decades of experience in working with adults, teenagers and children. She is a First Prize award winning author, with 20 books in child mental health, published in nineteen countries

Review quote

"The carefully worded story, with lively, meaningful illustrations, offers a wealth of opportunities to connect with the emotional intensity of loss and the painful struggle inherent in mourning and reconstruction." - Bereavement Care "Sunderland's whole series is excellent. I find I recommend each one... Good writing, wonderful artwork, a real impetus to use the material" Adoption Today "A vital resource for all parents and child professionals" Families Magazine "Margot's books are digestible teaching aids for anyone working with children - a resource that would be beneficial in every school both for qualified and non-qualified staff". Special Children

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ORDER CODE D11-002-5154 GBP25.75 Wire-o-bound ISBN 978-0-86388-467-2 A4 (297 x 210mm), 88pp, illustrated