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RADIO:
Central Coast Voices: Children and Grief. Radio interview with Kris Kington-Barker, Executive Director for Hospice of San Luis Obispo and author Nancy Ballinger. https://www.kcbx.org/post/central-coast-voices-children-and-grief
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Radio host Bill Ostrander talks to Nancy Ballinger about dealing with loss & her book Two Brave Cubs. 
https://www.920kvec.com/episode/hometown-radio-11-27-19-3p-guest-host-bill-ostrander-talks-to-nancy-ballinger-about-dealing-with-loss-her-book-two-brave-cubs/
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READERS RESPOND:
What a lovely book!  It has the grace and kindness that will help many.  It has already helped me.  Thank you.  I love that an elephant is the one who comes to teach the cubs that they are indeed seen, held kindly and loved. 
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I thank you for your book, Two Brave Cubs.  I am so moved how the story speaks truthfully to the emotions and situation that a family can experience during illness and death.  I find that too often the story is “honey coated”.  It is an excellent book for both children and adults.
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This is a great book that can open up difficult conversations with young ones regarding sadness and even loneliness and fear. I can see how it may be used to help children who have absent parents due to drug addiction or mental health problems. I wish I had it about ten years ago to share with a young girl I used to nanny for…her father deserted her. Not only did I love the author’s efforts, the illustrations are beautiful!
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In this beautiful picture book, Nancy Ballinger has captured all aspects of children’s grief when a parent dies. The neglect, the discord and stress among the parents, the loneliness, confusion, anger and fear are especially overwhelming for young children. This book brings hope, love and the big picture in a sweet and beautiful way that children will understand. Kudos to Nancy and the illustrators for sharing their talents with children who grieve. 
–– Megan McGreen, psychotherapist and children’s book author
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The author of Two Brave Cubs has given us an important and precious recovery tool for children who grieve. The book’s thoughtfulness, guidance, and simplicity is brilliant. I wish I’d had this book years ago.
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Two Brave Cubs is an excellent book for all ages. The content and illustrations invite discussions among young and old; this book gives permission to children, parents and any adult to discuss their feelings about loss.
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I enjoyed reading this story, and use it regularly in my practice as a therapist working with children experiencing trauma. It’s universal message makes this book accessible to all children. Beautiful work!
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