I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend

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K-Gr 4 An exceptionally accurate and understanding account of the feelings and questions that arise when a child's playmate dies is presented in this gently-told story. Peter is run over while chasing a ball into the street, and Betsy's parents have the sad task of telling their daughter and helping her cope with the tragedy. They explain with simple clarity that the doctors couldn't make Peter well, that he can no longer feel pain or fear or loneliness, and that people normally don't die so young. They reassure her that a recent quarrel she had with Peter had nothing to do with his death. They describe the coming funeral and burial and invite her to go with them, if she wants to. Although the style is factual, there is a tender undertone which gives warmth, effectively reinforced by full-page and double-page spreads of an attractive family and school class done in deep but muted tones, with shades of pink and blue predominating. The mood is somber and meditative but loving. An excellent introduction to guide parents and teachers in helping children deal with death strengthens the book's use in bibliotherapy and expands its scope beyond the specific subject to all types of bereavement. The book would be best used with adult assistance. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688066864
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1987
  • Edition description: 38888 Harper
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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