Bears are 16" tall and are dressed in royal blue sweaters with a matching headband. Each bear's sweater has a colorful sewn-on rainbow heart as a symbol of hope, and the name Penny Bear embroidered on the bottom of its right foot.
We have self-published Penny
Bear's Gift of Love as a resource to help children understand
the many emotions experienced during the grieving process.
Penny Wigglesworth began
writing this heartwarming story several years ago as a way to help
a young girl named Alison whose father died. As a Hospice volunteer,
Penny saw how difficult it was for Alison to work through all those
"firsts" following her father's death.
That early manuscript found
its way into supportive hands, and we are delighted to know that Penny Bear's Gift of Love is now bringing comfort and hope wherever
it is needed.
The young child in the story,
Johnathan Clarke, is very sad because his mother has just died.
A magical little bear comes into his life to help him work through
the first year without his mom. The story of their special friendship
is told in month-by-month chapters by the little bear, known as
"Penny Bear". While written for children, the book offers
readers of all ages the reassurance of knowing that the love and
memories we have shared with special people in our lives remain
with us forever.
Perhaps you are aware of a child who is struggling with the loss
of a family member or friend. Possibly you or others you know are
searching for a gentle way to show you understand the mixed-up emotions
grief creates. If so, we offer the following encouragement from
"Our wish in writing Penny
Bear's Gift of Love is that whoever walks the path of grief
will be touched and reassured by the messages of hope we've
tried to offer. When the way is lonely, please know that there
are others who have walked there, too, who will turn and light
the way with understanding and kindness. And there you will
find a hand waiting to hold yours "
Among the personal responses we have received about the book were the following two messages:
- and then I - sat down at different times this afternoon and read
your beautiful book. What an absolute treasure. The story brought
back so many personal feelings of loss and separation. Our parents
have both died and although some time has passed, the healing process
is never ending. Your book marks yet another step in our own private
understanding and acceptance of each of their deaths.
I cried from page three to the last page. Linda said she cried a lot,
too - but most of the tears had 'sparkles'. You have written a sincere,
moving, and totally touching book that is suitable for people of all
Sincerely, Suzanne and Linda Thomas
" Just a note to thank
you for the copies of your new book. I read it the day you gave
them to me! The story and format is just perfect for a child in
elementary school who is placed in that very difficult situation
of losing a parent. You really touched on all of the emotional issues
the child faces - and you showed how this change could be used to
create a 'new' life. Just perfect!
I gave the books to our school counselor... Let's hope we don't
need to use them too soon. I do think, though, that it would make
a wonderful, comforting gift (along with a Penny Bear) for any of
our students who do lose a parent "