Mum's Jumper

Mum's Jumper


A little girl struggles to understand how life can carry on after the death of her mother. She and her father find mum’ s jumper as they come to sort through her things. It smells of mum and offers comfort. As time passes, its smell changes and it is washed. But it’s still there- just as mum is everywhere.


This is such a beautiful, powerful book. It tackles the painful subjects of loss and grief with great skill and compassion, offering comfort. The little girl’s voice is full of her raw emotion and takes the reader with her from visiting her mother in hospital, to learning of her death and through her grieving process.


Seeing and hearing the little girl’s reactions to this devastating event really helps encapsulate the confusion and range of emotions that engulf you when you have lost someone. Dad is constantly supportive, but his grief is evident as well. His words are so powerful and honest as he uses the jumper as a metaphor for grief- it will stay the same size, but eventually the child will grow into it. The pain of losing someone doesn’t diminish over time, but it becomes bearable.

The illustrations fit the text perfectly and add much to the narrative. Sharp eyes will note that although the little girl leaves hospital smiling, her father appears weighed down, not noticing mum’s favourite flowers - bright yellow daffodils- which line the streets. These are the same flowers which appear to be overwhelming the little girl as well wishers send condolences that she neither wants nor understands. She clutches a small bunch- the only splash of colour- as the adults console each other at the funeral. As she wears the jumper, she draws, paints and carries daffodils with her, but at the end of the book, it is sunflowers she and dad have grown- tall and strong and beautiful.

‘Mum’s Jumper’ is quite simply a wonderful story.

Mum’s Jumper Jayde Perkin

Book Island ISBN: 978-1911496137

Guest Post from Book Island: Mum’s Jumper

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It’s exciting times here at Book Island! We have just launched our very first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. On this platform we hope to raise £6,000 for Mum’s Jumper, a beautiful picture book about grief, created for us by the talented illustrator and comics maker, Jayde Perkin. 

We feel strongly that this book will help both children and adults address the taboo of death and grief in a touching and accessible way and would love to have your support.

Between today and Tuesday 4 December 2pm GMT, we're aiming to raise £6000 towards Mum's Jumper by Jayde Perkin. Here's a quick reminder of how you can support our Kickstarter:

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·  Your card won't be charged until Tuesday 4 December 2pm, and only if we have reached our target. Kickstarter means all or nothing.

·  The next 24 hours are going to be crucial for our campaign, as we need to raise 30% of our target!