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Children's LiteratureLittle Cottontail misses Grandfather and as his mother gathers red clover and wild lettuce in the Great Green Meadow, she offers him reassurance. When Little Cottontail asks what Grandfather misses most, she replies, "He always loved your snuggly hugs." As the wind ruffles the young bunny's fur, he decides to wrap his hugs around the wind so the wind can carry them across the meadow to Grandfather. Little Cottontail then sends his smiles up to the clouds and tells his funny jokes to the river. When the trees rustle or "sing," Little Cottontail and Mama Cottontail believe Grandfather has sent his summer song. That night, as the stars wink, Little Cottontail and Mama blow kisses to the moon. The soft watercolors add to the sense of security and calm, making this a fine book to share with a young child who has experienced a loss. The loss is never identified and death is not mentioned, so preschoolers will not be confused by thoughts they are not yet able to process. But the story may serve as an underpinning for future talks about the continuum of life. 2006, Harry N. Abrams, Ages 3 to 7.
—Carolyn Mott Ford