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When Mommy Feels Sad by Heidi Bartle is about a mother's journey through depression. Bartle explains the emotions that someone with depression experiences, including frustration, disappointment, shame, guilt, embarrassment, anger, and hopelessness. The beautiful illustrations give a visual representation of those emotions, helping the reader understand them. Bartle aims to increase awareness about depression and normalize it, just like any other physical illness. Through this book, Bartle helps people experiencing depression and their friends and loved ones to identify when they are experiencing the symptoms. She gives actions that people with depression can take to feel better and what their family and friends can do to help. The book is a good resource for anyone experiencing mental health issues.
When Mommy Feels Sad by Heidi Bartle is a practical guide to understanding depression that enabled me to empathize because Bartle portrays depression decisively, clearly, and concisely. As depression remains largely a taboo topic in society, When Mommy Feels Sad is an educational resource that I think has the power to lift the stigma related to depression. The candor is very apparent in the story, which can only be achieved by someone who has an in-depth knowledge of the subject, as Bartle does. Bartle's personal experience with mental illness, coupled with her exceptional writing talent, means she was able to create an excellent educational resource for children that should be used in all schools or should be taught to children at home or in other educational settings. When Mommy Feels Sad is one of the best children's educational books I've read.