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"You Weren't With Me" was designed to help parents and children talk about difficult separations, reconnect, and find their way back to each other.

"I missed you so much"

Little Rabbit and Big Rabbit are together after a difficult separation, but even though they missed each other, Little Rabbit is not ready to cuddle up and receive Big Rabbit’s love. Little Rabbit needs Big Rabbit to understand what it felt like when they were apart. “Sometimes I am very mad. I don’t understand why you weren’t with me,” says Little Rabbit, “I worry you will go away again.” Big Rabbit listens carefully and helps Little Rabbit to feel understood and loved. 

Praise for You Weren't With Me

This book may be helpful for families experiencing separations due to . . . 

  • Divorce or Caregiver Breakup
  • Work
  • Military Service
  • Immigration
  • Child Welfare involvement
  • Parental Incarceration
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Illness

A Look Inside

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Author Reading: Free Video Version

Listen to the story as read by the author. You may share this version in trainings, provided you follow the Use Guidelines.

Finger Puppets

  • The bunnies are here to help you to tell your story
  • Print the finger puppets and assemble them as shown in the instructions, or glue the images onto cardboard or popsicle sticks.
  • Let your child show you their feelings and story using the bunnies.
  •  Please share  the puppets with others provided you do so free of charge and share our website, so they can download their own copies in the future.

Reading Guide from Read Restore

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Available Languages


(From Nhã Nam publishers)