The death of a family member is never an easy event to experience or discuss, especially when it comes to helping children cope with the loss.
However, Jan Thompson of Sault chose grief as the subject of his first book, a children’s book titled needle and thread.
“It touches on the loss of a grandparent,” Thompson said.
The book deals with the family relationship between a female giraffe named Nie-Nie, whom the author compares to a four-year-old girl, her mother, and her grandfather.
“His mother can fix anything with a needle and thread. Torn baseball caps, ripped shirts, so repeating the “needle and thread” refrain throughout the book, children are gently shown how ordinary everyday moments can become forever treasured memories and a true source of solace when lost. .
“She feels her mother can fix anything, and she ends up being able to help Nie-Nie with her sadness (when her grandfather dies) using her needle and thread.”
Thompson said needle and thread is inspired by real life, as one of his family members was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2020.
She started writing the book in March 2021.
“Writing the book was therapy for me. It doesn’t have to be all about grief. It can be memories, to immortalize a person. There can be comfort there.
It can also be therapeutic for others, Thompson said.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to comfort while entertaining readers with a story.”
needle and thread was illustrated by Chad Thompson of British Columbia.
The two are unrelated, the author said.
“The illustrations are fantastic. I’m so happy with the illustrator.
Thompson said she has two other book ideas in mind, but is currently focusing on marketing. Needle and thread.
She also stated that Nie-Nie will return in future children’s stories she plans to write.
“I love Nie-Nie’s little family,” she chuckled.
Thompson retired from her career as a marketing and administrative assistant at IG Wealth Management in the summer of 2020 and took an online course in writing children’s books.
“People have always seen me as a creative person. I’ve always loved writing projects when I took them on, but I never thought it was something I would do, and if I did, I thought it would be a novel, but writing a children’s book took me.
“It’s easy for me to draw inspiration from memories of story time with my daughter when she was young. Sometimes we would read a book and other times we would just make up a story together. We laughed and giggled, we hugged and hugged, and sometimes we cried as we immersed ourselves in a story,” Thompson said.
“Books can be magical, a place to discover and imagine, to find comfort and peace. Books are made to share and inspire.
A little less than a month later needle and thread was posted, Thompson said “the feedback has been really good. Reviews are good. »
In a word of advice for those considering writing their first book, Thompson said, “I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a try. Do not abandon. Keep trying. Courses. It helped me a lot when I had ideas, but I really didn’t know how to put it all together.
“I love talking to others. I love to hear the stories that others have to share. I should keep a physical notebook, but I keep them and it’s great to have these conversations (keeping them in mind for possible future books),” Thompson said, quoting Robert Munsch, Dr. Suess and Beatrix Potter among her favorite children’s book authors.
Self-published and released on December 17, 2021, needle and thread is available on websites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as Thompson’s website.