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 Melissa Mullek

 

  Sad Days, Glad Days:  A Story about Depression by DeWitt Hamilton, illustrated by Gail Owens.  

This picture book is written from the view of a young girl with a mother suffering from depression who tells the story of how she became the owner of her cat, or rather, how the cat became the owner of her family.  As a mother who has grappled with the difficulties of explaining her mental illness to her child, I was especially touched by this book, and grateful as well.  I took it home for my son to read and for us to discuss.  I would recommend it for any child who loves someone with a mental illness like depression.  We have several copies available for checkout.