by Jane Yolen (2011,
Random House, 16.99/hardback)
With her usual grade and poetic sensitivity, Caldecott Medalist Yolen helps children and adults cope with the loss of a pet in this transcendent picture book that focuses not on the death as much as the life in the last day of an older cat named Tiger Rose. Color. Grades K-3. [7.5” x 10”...32 pages]
by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (2005,
A child recalls how he and Jake became friends when Jake was still a puppy. As time passed, Jake grew from a puppy to a dog—and still later, the dog grew old and tired. Now, the little boy remembers how sad he felt on the day Jake died. Then later, how he learned to cope with his loss and recall the good times that he and Jake had together. Color. Grades K-5. [9” x 9”...32 pages]
When You Have to Say Goodbye: Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet
by Monica Mansfield (2011, Beanpole Books, 8.95/hardback)
A child's bond with a beloved animal is a powerful one. The loss of a pet due to illness or trauma can be a troubling time in a child's life. This book gently describes the why's surrounding end-of-life issues with animals and details valuable ways for children to move through this experience in a positive fashion. Written by veterinarian Dr. Monica Mansfield, the book's compassionate wording is brought to life by the poignant yet charming artwork of Lennie Peterson. The loving bonds between children, their animals, and family are illustrated throughout. Color. Grades K-5. [8” x 8”...32 pages]
by Robie Harris (2004, Aladdin, 6.99)
This heartwarming story is ideal to help children cope with
a loss. A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury
him, and begins to come to terms with his loss. Color. Grades
K-3. [9” x 9”...32 pages]
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst
(1971, Aladdin, 6.99)
A young boy tries to think of ten good things about his cat,
Barney, who died. But he could only think of nine. Later, while
talking with his father, he comes up with the tenth. Color.
Grades K-3. A bibliotherapy classic! [8” x 9”...25 pages]
I'll Always Love You
by Hans Wilhelm (1985, Random House, 6.99)
The narrator is a young boy who loves Elfie—"the best
dog in the whole world." One day the dog does not wake up.
The family grieves, and the boy, who has always told Elfie how
much he loves her, finds solace. Color. Grades K-2. [9” x
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