Needle and Thread by Jan Thompson aims to help children cope with the loss of a loved one
The death of a family member is never an easy event to go through or discuss, especially if you’re trying to help children cope with the loss.
However, Jan Thompson van Sault chose coping with grief as the subject of her first book, a children’s book titled Needle and thread.
“It touches on the loss of a grandparent,” Thompson said.
The book is about the family relationship between a female giraffe named Nie-Nie, whom the author likens to a four-year-old girl, her mother and grandfather.
“Her mother can fix everything with a needle and thread. Torn ball caps, torn shirts, so by repeating the “needle and thread” chorus throughout the book, children are gently demonstrated how ordinary everyday moments can become precious eternal memories and a true source of comfort in a time of loss.
“She feels like her mom can fix anything, and eventually she can help Nie-Nie with her grief (when her grandfather dies) with her needle and thread.”
thompson said: Needle and thread draws from real life, as one of her relatives was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2020.
She started writing the book in March 2021.
“Writing the book was therapy for me. It doesn’t have to be all about sadness. It can be about the memories, immortalizing a person. There can be comfort there.”
It could also be therapeutic for others, Thompson said.
“It feels good when you can provide comfort and entertain readers with a story.”
Needle and thread was illustrated by Chad Thompson of British Columbia.
The two are not related, the author said.
“The illustrations are fantastic. I am so happy with the illustrator.”
Thompson said she has two other book ideas in mind but is currently focusing on marketing Needle and thread.
She also said that Nie-Nie will return in future children’s stories she plans to write.
“I love Nie-Nie’s little family,” she chuckled.
Thompson retired from her career as a marketing and administrative assistant at IG Wealth Management in the summer of 2020 to take an online children’s book writing course.
“People always saw me as a creative person. I always liked writing projects when I took them on, but I never considered it was something I would do, and when I did I thought it would be a novel, but writing a children’s book has grabbed me.”
“It’s easy for me to draw inspiration from memories of stories with my daughter when she was young. Sometimes we read a book and sometimes we came up with a story together. We laughed and giggled, hugged and hugged, and sometimes we cried as we immersed ourselves in a story,” Thompson said.
“Books can be magical, a place to discover and imagine, to find comfort and tranquility. Books are for sharing and inspiring.”
Not even a month later Needle and thread was released, Thompson said: “The feedback has been really good. The reviews are good.”
In advice for others considering writing their first book, Thompson said, “I wouldn’t hesitate to try it. Don’t give up. Keep trying. Take courses. That helped me a lot when I had the ideas, but not really.” knew how to put it all together.”
“I like to talk to others. I love hearing the stories other people have to tell. I should keep a physical notepad, but I do keep it and it’s great to have those conversations (keep them in mind for possible future books),” said Thompson, mentioning Robert Munsch, Dr. Suess and Beatrix Potter one of her favorite authors of children’s books.
Self-published and released on December 17, 2021, Needle and thread is available through websites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as through Thompson’s own website.