Amanda is upset that she is going to lose her friend, Gentle
Willow. She comes to understand that her memories are gifts,
and there are special ways of saying goodbye. This comforting
story will help all children deal with the death of friends,
family members, or even pets. Color. Grades K-4. [8” x
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life
for All Ages
by Leo Buscaglia (1982, Charles Slack, 16.99/hardback)
Changing with the passing seasons, Freddie and his companion
leaves finally fall to the ground with winter’s snow. This
inspiring allegory illustrates the delicate balance between life
and death. Color. Grades 1-8. [8” x 7”...32
I Miss You: A First Look at Death
Thomas (2001, Barron’s, 7.99)
When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one's death. Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, this book promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The story line is simple and direct--easily accessible to younger children. Color. Grades K-3. Color. Grades K-3. [9.5” x 8”...29
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death
by Bryan Mellonie (1983, Bantam, 14.00)
With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants,
about animals, and about people. It tells children that dying
is as much
a part of living as being born. A book about beginnings. And,
about endings. And about living in between. Color. Grades 1-5. [8”
x 8”...36 pages]
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding
by Laurie & Marc Brown (2009, Little, Brown, 7.99)
Offering advice and reassurance, these popular dinosaurs provide
answers to questions about death, explore feelings with youngsters,
ways to remember someone. This indispensable book is a comforting
aid to help all children through this most difficult time in their lives.
Color. Grades K-3. [9” x 8.5”...32
Badger's Parting Gifts
by Susan Varley (1984, Mulberry Books, 7.99)
Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left. Whenever Badger's name was mentioned, someone would recall something about him that made them smile. And, Badger was part of their lives once more. Color. Grades 1-5. [10” x 8”...24
Chester Racoon and the Acorn Full of Memories
by Audrey Penn (2009, Tanglewood Press, 16.95/hardback)
Chester Raccoon's good friend Skiddel Squirrel has had an accident and will not be returning--ever. Chester is upset that he won't get to play with his friend anymore. Mrs. Raccoon suggests that Chester and his friends create some memories of Skiddel, so that they will have good memories when they miss him. Chester, his brother Ronny, and their friends decide to gather at the pond, where they combine their memories and create a touching celebration of their friend's life. Color. Grades PreK-3. [8.5” x 10”...32
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