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GRIEF IS LIKE A SNOWFLAKE

Author: Julia Cook

Illustrator: Anita DuFalla

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Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues, 2011

Material: paperback

Summary: A young Christmas tree misses his dad, and wonders why his mom never cries. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a tree remembers his life hosting birds nests and other special memories. This is a story that uses the allegory of Christmas trees to help kids understand grief.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 5 to 10

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This was not my daughter's favorite Julia Cook book, but it was likely because of the subject. Reading Grief is Like a Snowflake led to a discussion of the loss of her grandfather.

Adult Reader Reaction: Christmas trees are a great "symbol" that help kids understand being separated from a loved one. The story itself was "okay." I didn't like the scene switching between the little tree and father tree, then back again. I also thought the cardinals building a nest was too subtle for this audience.

Pros: Grief isn't an easy concept to explain, and parents / counselors will find Grief is Like a Snowflake a helpful story for stating the conversation.

Cons: Some elements of the story might be too subtle for young readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book to keep in mind if you are experience a death or loss in your family. The story is not one that you'd read as a regular bedtime story, but is helpful in talking about loss with kids.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FLYING HUGS AND KISSES BESOS Y ABRAZOS AL AIRE   LULU's ROSE COLORED GLASSES   MENDING LUCILLE

Educational Themes: This is a story that invites conversation about feelings of loss and grief.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, emotions, family, death and loss

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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