Goodbye, Vivi!

Goodbye, Vivi!

by Antonie Schneider, Maja Dusikova
     
 

When Granny comes to live with Molly and Will, she brings her canary, Vivi. Vivi's cage stands on a sunny windowsill, and the cheerful little bird soon becomes a cherished member of the family.

Then Vivi gets sick and dies. Granny helps the children come to terms with their loss by showing them that their memories of Vivi can keep the bird singing in their hearts

Overview

When Granny comes to live with Molly and Will, she brings her canary, Vivi. Vivi's cage stands on a sunny windowsill, and the cheerful little bird soon becomes a cherished member of the family.

Then Vivi gets sick and dies. Granny helps the children come to terms with their loss by showing them that their memories of Vivi can keep the bird singing in their hearts. Later, when Granny herself dies, her wise words — and the special gift she leaves them — help Molly and Will deal with their grief and find solace in their loving memories of Granny.

Antonie Schneider has written a hopeful, helpful story about loss and recovery.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - C. Dennette Michaels
This picture book presentation of familial death for young children is translated from the German, illustrated by a native of Czechoslovakia, now living in Florence, Italy, with a seeming first-publication in Switzerland. The result feels European-a simple, graceful, homely confronting of the painful topic of generational death. Grandmother and Vivi, her pet bird, come to live with Molly, Will and their parents., Vivi's death provides the text for learning that those we love live on in happy memory. However these cheerful, comforting images and simply told story feel a little out of place in contemporary America. The book has the look and feel of , say, 1950 America when families normally cared for their own elder relatives at home.
Kirkus Reviews
An extremely gentle look at aging and death. When Grandmother moves into Molly and Will's house, she brings along Vivi, a lively canary who starts out as the glue in their relationship. Along with Grandmother, the children marvel at the bird's charm day after day until elderly Vivi passes away. Grandmother teaches the children how to cope, going through rituals and explaining that memories can keep loved ones alive. When Grandmother doesn't awake from her sleep one morning, Will and Molly face a bigger loss, but are somewhat consoled by a poignant surprise: Grandmother had left them a memory book full of pictures and stories of their shared moments with Vivi. Although the text (translated from the German) is a bit clunky, and the theme well-trodden, readers will find Granny's offering heartwarming, and the illustrations soft and inviting. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558589858
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.59(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Antonie Schneider was born in Mindelheim, in southern Germany, where she still lives. A former elementary school teacher, she has written numerous other books for North-South, including The Dearest Little Mouse in the World and Good-Bye, Vivi!

Maja Dusikova was born in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, and now lives in Florence, Italy. She has illustrated many books for both children and adults, including The Advent Storybook and Silent Night, Holy Night.

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