The Fun We Had

The Fun We Had

By Author / Illustrator

Charissa Coulthard, Sam Usher



Age range(s)



Simon & Schuster








The Fun We Had, a poignant story of love and loss, takes readers on a heartfelt journey through the changing seasons as a little girl visits her poorly Nana. Each time she visits, they remember all the special adventures they have shared together. When Nana dies, she leaves the little girl a box of keepsakes that she has secretly collected from their moments together. Through these shared memories, this moving story gently touches on the concept of bereavement in a way that is both comforting and easy for young children to understand.

Based on the author's personal experience, The Fun We Had was inspired by the bond shared between her young son and his Nana who passed away from cancer just before it was published. She wanted to write something about loss that would ultimately celebrate how powerful and precious our memories of loved ones are - especially when we no longer have them close.

This book serves as a gentle introduction to the concept of loss, helping children process their emotions and find comfort in the memories of their loved ones.  Charissa Coulthard's lyrical rhyming text captures the essence of love, loss, and the comfort found in cherished memories, with a focus on treasuring joyful moments, even in times of illness.  The recurring message that their love is enough - even if they can't make their loved one better - provides comfort and reassurance to young readers dealing with the sickness or loss of a loved one.  The Fun We Had is perfect for families experiencing bereavement, seeking a gentle way to introduce the topic to young children.



The Fun We Had is a beautiful picture book looking back over the time a Nana and little girl have together. Each season, the little girl returns to her Nana's house to visit and they re-visit a memory together. From camping to den making, shell searching to making paper boats, the little girl and Nana remember them all. It is only one day when the little girl returns that she is left with the memories and a letter that make it all so worthwhile.

I will admit this is a very emotional story, especially if you have lost a Nana. However, I can imagine this being a powerful tool to use with a young person who has been through a bereavement. The story is sensitive and thoughtfully written, making you feel every emotion. The illustrations from Sam Usher are truly stunning and match every word beautifully. It is beautiful.

Picture book / Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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