Once a Wizard
A story about finding a way through loss
Author Curtis L. Wiebe
Books will be shipped late 2020
This wordless children’s book has beautiful imagery and the potential to create many imaginative storylines. It empowers children to tell their own stories and explore the meaning of their own experiences of loss. The book includes helpful tips, questions, and activities to support parents and caregivers as they help children navigate their way through loss.
About the Story
While attending Uncle Wizard’s funeral, Ari sees some striking images: a snow-covered statue that resembles Uncle Wizard, a memorial candle with his picture on it, and his body displayed in an open casket. That night, Ari meets Uncle Wizard in a dream. Together, they embark on an adventure through a snowy land, encountering a magic candle, a living stuffed toy, and a goblin, before finally meeting an unstoppable giant. Through this journey, Ari learns to explore their feelings and awakens with the comfort that their memories of Uncle Wizard will live on.
Why a Wordless Book?
From a helping and counseling perspective, having no words allows young readers to help tell the story. Children can fill in details of the story that reflect their own experiences and imagination. Children will often see very different things in the story than adults do. This allows for different kinds of conversations that are useful for supporting children at various stages of grieving.
It is often difficult to know how to discuss grief and loss with children. Reading a story together can be a proactive way of inviting a conversation and letting them know it is okay to feel different emotions, have questions, and talk about them.