Parenting Resource

SPARROW Helps Children Cope with an Injured Caregiver

"Sparrow" is designed to support a young child whose parent/caregiver has been injured, physically or emotionally, while on deployment. The book explores themes relating to loss, healing, hope, resilience, and, ultimately, the power of parent-child love. It is connectedness that helps young children and their families cope with challenging events and circumstances.

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ZERO TO THREE author, Dorinda Silver Williams, LCSW-C, has developed a third book for very young children. Sparrow is designed to support a young child whose parent/caregiver has been injured, physically or emotionally, while on deployment.

Sparrow (Mama version) tells the story of a young bird whose beloved parent has been away on a long journey. When Mama finally returns home, young Sparrow notices that she seems different. Mama is tired and weary and her wing is clipped. Mama and young Sparrow cannot fly together like they used to do. Everything is so different that young Sparrow begins to wonder if Mama’s feelings for him have changed as well. Mama reaches out, offering Sparrow the assurance that he needs; Mama loves Sparrow, now and always. Sparrow learns that although he and Mama can no longer fly together, they can be together—and that means everything.

A papa version is also available!

Who Is This Book for?

Sparrow can be used not only with military or Veteran families, but with any family that has experienced parental injury or illness, physical or emotional. The book explores core, universal themes relating to loss, healing, hope, resilience, and, ultimately, the power of parent-child love and connectedness in helping young children and their families cope with challenging events and circumstances.

Bulk purchase discounts are available for this item. Contact us for more information.

FOR PARENTS:

Parents are encouraged to share Sparrow with their children whenever the time feels right for their family. The book is a story of love and healing that can continue to be shared as an opportunity for ongoing parent-child engagement and nurturance.

FOR PROFESSIONALS:

Sparrow is a resource for professionals who are serving injured military and Veteran parents of young children. Based on the nature of the themes that are addressed in Sparrow, ZERO TO THREE recommends that Sparrow be shared with parents in the context of a warm and trusting professional relationship. Professionals might consider sitting down with parents in order to process the feelings that might be elicited through the story. This professional-parent interaction can serve as an opportunity to assess parents’ readiness to share the story with their young children.

Available Now

Sparrow is available for purchase from the ZERO TO THREE Bookstore

Buy Now

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