Are You Sad, Little Bear?: A Book About Learning to Say Goodbye

Are You Sad, Little Bear?: A Book About Learning to Say Goodbye

by Rachel Rivett, Tina Macnaughton
     
 

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Little Bear's friends help him understand what it means to say goodbye
 
Grandmother Bear has gone for ever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. His mother wisely suggests that perhaps asking his woodland companions what saying goodbye means to them will help him understand his loss. Little Bear's day of exploring and asking questions brings him

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Little Bear's friends help him understand what it means to say goodbye
 
Grandmother Bear has gone for ever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. His mother wisely suggests that perhaps asking his woodland companions what saying goodbye means to them will help him understand his loss. Little Bear's day of exploring and asking questions brings him comfort and hope. For the swallows, saying goodbye means flying to warmer lands; for the leaves of the trees it is a chance to be free, leaving the tree at her most beautiful; for the moon it is to return to be with the Sun; and for the Sun it is to rise in another sky; and just because Little Bear can't see grandmother doesn't mean she isn't there. This charmingly illustrated book will help young children in times of bereavement, loss, or change, gently exploring the reasons for saying goodbye and giving reassurance that goodbye doesn't mean the end of things.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Little Bear and his mother are sad because yesterday Grandmother Bear walked away forever. Little Bear asks, "Why can't things always stay the same?" He sets out to find the answer in the autumn woods. Little Bear encounters a swallow leaving for the south, a tree with falling leaves, a flying leaf, a stream whose water joins the clouds, and a dormouse starting to hibernate. As evening comes other creatures say "Good Night." He talks to the setting sun and changing moon. At home Mother Bear asks if he is still sad. He answers, "Not so sad. Now my sadness is full of wonder." As he settles for the night, he feels that his friends shine in his heart and that "he and his mother and his grandmother were also shining in the Great Heart that holds everything for always." The soft colored pictures and padded cover add to the atmosphere of nostalgia. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745964300
Publisher:
Lion Hudson
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
470,140
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Rivett is the author of Little Grey and the Great Mystery. Tina Macnaughton is the author of My First Valentine's Day Book.

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