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Summary: This picture book is designed to help a child through the loss of a loved one and the grieving process. It is a first-person story, told from a child's perspective. This is a personal story of reflection and understanding.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Age of Child: Read with a group of children ages 3 to 9. Students at W.M. Anderson Primary School, Kingstree, SC participated in this book review as part of our Use Your ABCs program.
Young Reader Reaction: Some kids liked this, some didn't. Students who had lost a loved one could relate and were interested. Students who had not suffered a loss, were not interested in reading it.
Adult Reader Reaction: For any child who has lost a loved one this is an excellent form of bibliotherapy that helps with the grieving process. What an excellent way to take this one step further in the classroom or in individual therapy ~ go and plant flowers.
Pros: This is a valuable book for children trying to understand the loss of someone they love. It is a heartwarming book.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a very helpful book, but not one that you'd read once you had moved to a healing place.