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WISHES FOR ONE MORE DAY

Author: Melanie Joy Pastor

Illustrator: Jacqui Grantford

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Publisher: Flashlight Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Anna and Joey learn of their grandfather’s passing one morning. The children and adults deal with their grief in very different, yet equally effective ways. Anna gets an idea to write down all the things she would love to have done with her Poppy one more time. This is a picture book to help children understand death.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Not offered by this reviewer.

Young Reader Reaction: Not offered by this reviewer.

Adult Reader Reaction: Both the mother’s and children’s perspective are well represented in the story, making the book great for all ages. I even cried at the beauty and simplicity of the children’s idea. I found the book delightful because, for me, it really isn't about death. It is about the celebration of a human being and his relationships, as well as about the things that are possible with such a strong connection. That's what makes it compelling. It doesn't blow sunshine into a vacuous hole. It reminds us of the things we wish for, and the things worth remembering.

Pros: The loss of a loved one is a hard experience for a person of any age. Wishes for One More Day helps young and old alike grapple with the loss of a loved one in a powerful and touching way.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a compelling book with insight and value for all ages.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LULU's ROSE COLORED GLASSES   THE BEST PLACE TO READ   FLOWERS FOR GRANDPA DAN; A Gentle Story to Help Children Understand Alzheimer's Disease

Educational Themes: This book serves as a great reminder of how the simple things are often the most important.

Notes: Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of the award winning book SAHM I AM: Tales of a Stay-at-Home-Mom in Europe, wrote this review. Visit Christine's Web Site.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, death and loss, grandparents, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2006

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