Since Samantha Jane's dad died, she has been sad and quiet, keeping to herself. One day, her neighbor Mrs. Cooper gently asks her about her missing smile, and Sammy Jane begins to open up about her grief, her worries, and her confusion. Sammy Jane's mother joins her daughter, and helps her further with accepting and responding to her profound loss.
With a kind tone, this book provides a roadmap for kids who find their own smile missing after the loss of a parent. Mrs. Cooper provides an example of how your broader community can help support you in grief — she even gives Sammy Jane the idea to write a letter to her father to help her process her emotions. A helpful endnote provides tips for surviving parents about common reactions to a parent's death.