Where Is Bejou? - Children's Book
Where is Bejou is a picture book, it holds a crossover appeal for older audiences and to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one, and animal lovers of all ages. Where is Bejou is within the context of positive social emotional development around grief and loss. Surrounded by optimistic friends and acquaintances, a frantic girl is looking for her lost dog, and begins to grasp an understanding of love and loss, and their eternal effect on her life. This light-hearted story emphasizes happiness and finding gratitude for having loved ones and for accepting our fate.
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About The Author
Hiba Shublak has a B.S. in Child Development and M.A. in Education and is the founder of Active Learning and ALBI (Performing Arts Programs). She has developed award winning musical theatre, dance and PE programs and curricula throughout California. Her accomplishments include developing innovative resources, publications and programs to maximize healthy communities rich in the arts.
She wrote this story after experiencing loss in her lifetime with the hope of inspiring others to be grateful for having loved ones, and for the positive marks they leave in our lives.
"This heartfelt story highlights the significance of remembering and appreciating the happiness, love and special times shared with pets and loved ones. Where is Bejou? is a highly recommended story that will provide consolation and hope to many."
Reviewed By Melinda Facal for Readers’ Favorite *****
" Where is Bejou? is an excellent picture book that will help children understand loss in life, and even remind adults of timeless lessons that will carry them through to brighter tomorrows. It’s a children’s book, but I do believe that this is a message people of all ages need to hear. Well done."
Reviewed By Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers’ Favorite *****
" Hiba Shublak pens a captivating and compassionate children’s story in Where is Bejou? Touching the hearts of young and old alike, Where is Bejou? is easy to read and understand. The foundational theme of the story is overcoming the loss of a loved one, especially that of a pet. “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” Using nature as a storyteller, the narrative includes simple, yet symbolic messages of inspiration, friendship, and the importance of making a difference in other’s lives. Where is Bejou? weaves happiness and sadness together, leaving the reader with a blanket of hope to cuddle up with in the midst of their grief."
Reviewed By Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite *****
"Shublak was able to really find a way to make the passing of a loved one feel beautiful and not an ending, but more like a “see you again, when it’s your time.” I wish I had had this book when I was a child."
Reviewed By Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers’ Favorite *****
"Where is Bejou by Hiba Shublak is a beautifully illustrated book with a charming story that is easy for children to understand. The illustrations are simple, yet artistic and the bright colors are perfect for giving the book a happy feel while also serving to keep the interest of young children. The vocabulary also makes this book a good pick for children who are practicing their reading as the word choice is not too complicated and the pictures can provide clues to help children figure out the words. he book is well suited for helping children to understand that death is not the end while also avoiding controversial religious topics. I would personally recommend this book as a must-have for households that have young children and pets as it will help them to understand and come to terms with their loss and grief."
Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite *****