BOOK REVIEW: Mama’s Waves and Daddy’s Waves

by Chandra Ghosh Ippen

Ellie’s mom did not come for their visit, and Ellie is stuck in a cloud of sadness and anger as she tries to understand why. Fortunately, Miss K. and Ellie’s Uncle Finny are there to help her. Using the metaphor of a wave, they help Ellie talk about and understand her mother’s ups and downs, recognize and hold onto loving memories, and know that she is not alone.

Millions of young children live in families with an adult who is struggling due to trauma, mental illness, substance abuse or other addictions. “Mama’s Waves” was written for any child with a family member struggling with emotional waves whether they live together or not. These stories were developed to open doors to conversations young children need to have. When family members have challenges, young children worry about them and often have many difficult questions.