Kate, the Ghost Dog: Coping with the Death of a Pet

Kate, the Ghost Dog: Coping with the Death of a Pet

by Wayne L. Wilson, Soud
     
 

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Kate was the best dog ever. Kate was Aleta's dog. Kate has died. And Aleta's never experienced death before. Kate, the Ghost Dog follows Aleta as she mourns Kate and goes through the grieving process for the first time. With the help of her family and friends, Aleta learns that in opening up about her sadness and honoring Kate's memory, she can deal with her grief

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Kate was the best dog ever. Kate was Aleta's dog. Kate has died. And Aleta's never experienced death before. Kate, the Ghost Dog follows Aleta as she mourns Kate and goes through the grieving process for the first time. With the help of her family and friends, Aleta learns that in opening up about her sadness and honoring Kate's memory, she can deal with her grief and remember her dead dog with happiness.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Aleta's dog Kate has been a part of the family since Aleta was small and has always been her pet, although the rest of the family loves Kate, as well. One day when Aleta and her friends come in after school, they are surprised not to hear Kate's bark or see her rushing to greet them. When they go into Aleta's room, they discover that Kate has died. Aleta goes through the stages of grief, beginning with denial. Kate cannot be dead. She was not that old. She takes her anger out on her little brother, telling him that Kate is still around as a ghost dog. Aleta is embarrassed when she bursts out crying in school and sinks into such a deep depression that she does not want to go to the traveling carnival with her friends. Her Uncle Jimmy makes a beautiful wooden plaque in memory of Kate and suggests that Aleta gather photographs to make an album. These mementos help her reach the stage of acceptance. Aleta's parents are loving and supportive throughout. The last page contains a list of suggestions under the caption, "Coping with Your Pet's Death." This book could be used effectively for the purpose for which it is intended. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—When her beloved 12-year-old collie dies, Aleta's two best friends and her parents do their best to help her come to terms with her loss. The story does a good job of showing how the child navigates the various stages of grief, including denial, anger, depression, and, finally, acceptance. She eventually finds relief from her strong emotions in her own time and with help from an older family friend, Uncle Jimmy. Good suggestions on how to cope are offered: talk about your feelings, understand that people grieve in different ways, and create a scrapbook that will be a happy reminder of the deceased. Unremarkable illustrations follow the story line but don't add much interest, and the characters' faces are different from picture to picture. The book's title is misleading, and the unappealing cover illustration makes Aleta look evil and may turn readers away.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433805554
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,139,380
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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