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When Sadness Comes to Call

Written by Eva Eland

Part of the Big Emotions Series

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | January 2019 Debut of the Month

Everyone, children too, knows what it’s like when sadness unexpectedly comes to call, that sense of gloom that is hard to explain, and almost impossible to shake off. The situation is very skilfully depicted in this picture book, which also provides ideas and strategies for ways to cope. A young child is shown opening the door to a doleful, shapeless creature and the two become so close they are almost one. But the invisible narrator has suggestions for ways to help Sadness, so that one day, when the child wakes, it’s gone. The story is very affecting and will be useful to children who have a particular sadness in their lives as well as those who feel it for no reason they can articulate. An important and rather beautiful book.

Andrea Reece

When Sadness Comes to Call Synopsis

When Sadness arrives, try not to be afraid: give it a name, listen to it and spend some time together. Maybe all it wants is to know that it's welcome.

When Sadness Comes to Call Press Reviews

Helping children understand their own and other people's feelings is a vital building block for building a more empathetic society. This lovely book sensitively explores the emotion of sadness, and the importance of accepting it. For anyone living or working with children, It's a great springboard for sharing how to handle feelings. -- Miranda McKearney OBE - EmpathyLab

Both gentle and profound, Eland's assured debut takes a poignant look at a difficult emotion. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

An important book that should be shared with children and adults of all ages. Reminding us to be mindful of our feelings, When Sadness Is at Your Door helps children understand the place that sadness has in our lives. The illustrations are beautiful and fit the story perfectly, and they don't make sadness seem scary or like something bad that needs to be driven away. I can see myself sharing this book with adult friends and family members going through difficult times as well. - American Booksellers Association

this powerful picture book inspires empathy and action - Kirkus, starred review

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783447954
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783447183
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447183
Publication date: 3rd January 2019
Author: Eva Eland
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Personal Social Health Economic , Death / Bereavement
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month

About Eva Eland

Eva Eland is a Dutch author and illustrator who lives in England. She earned an MA with distinction in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, and has also studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York. When Sadness Comes to Call is her first picture book. Eva grew up in Delft, Netherlands, and now lives in Cambridge with her fiance. Follow Eva Eland on Instagram. 

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