A picture book to guide the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving.
The text and illustrations of this lushly colored picture book guide the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving, including shock, tears, anger, and hope. My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. is a children's picture book by design, but accessible to people of all ages.
Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, author Roger Hutchison had the privilege of painting with children who had witnessed this tragic event. The experience affected him profoundly and convinced him of a vocation to serve those who grieve with his writing and art.
About the Author
Artist and author Roger Hutchison is the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. Roger’s second book, Under the Fig Tree: Visual Prayers and Poems for Lent (2015) has been released to rave reviews. He had the privilege of painting with children who had witnessed the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. The experience affected him profoundly and convinced him of a vocation to use his writing and art to serve those who grieve.
“Through brilliant colors revealed and remembered, Roger offers sacred space to dwell with grief and be at peace.” —Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Director, Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership Virginia Theological Seminary
“My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. is a fabulous book. For all ages.” –Gail Godwin, New York Times bestselling author of Father Melancholy's Daughter
“This original volume belongs in every collection of books for children about grief.” –Wendy Mogel, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
“An amazing book with a unique way of teaching how to grieve...a must read!” –Arun Ghandi, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute
“Each brush stroke and each word is perfectly crafted to bring healing.” –Rev. Dr. David Peters, Episcopal Veterans Fellowship
“Explores the many colors of bereavement.” –Marian Mankin, Program Director of Bo's Place (Bereavement Center)
“Our world is increasingly re-discovering that grief and trauma are whole-body experiences. Hutchison's imagery and art are a feast for the eyes, soaking into the mind's memories and rendering fresh tears, smiles, and that human-divine alchemy of prayer that all great art performs.” —Troy Bronsink, founder of The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action and author of Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers.
“Working in hospice and palliative care, we often discussed the lack of appropriate resources to help the children, grandchildren and siblings of our patients process their grief. I wish I'd had a copy of My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. on my shelf. The poetic verse and vivid artwork gently explore the spectrum of emotions grieving children, youth and adults experience.” —Sarah H. Cross, LMSW, MPH