Children's LiteratureIn one short picture book Boritzer attempts to explain all the intricacies of death that have occupied the minds of peoples of all times. As with his other two books, the first reading of this book produced a negative response. However, the second reading proved more positive. Boritzer tries to cover so many concepts about death that without an adult to interpret and answer a multitude of questions, a child could easily become confused. In his effort to present questions from children of many religious and cultural backgrounds, the book becomes quite complicated. The watercolor illustrations do not accurately portray Boritzer's description of people of various cultures; faces and features are mostly white. What this book could do is allow children to verbalize unanswered questions about death with a loving parent or primary caregiver. However, this is not a book that one would want a child to "bring home from the library." 2000, Veronica Lane Books, Ages 8 to 10, $14.95. Reviewer: Jenny B. Petty
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What is Death? based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
What is Death? really helped my 7 year old daughter and 9 year old brother in processing the accidental death of a school mate and family friend. The book is gentle and gives good, easy to understand answers to questions kids have, as well as moving into some different cultural understandings. My wife and I were actually surprise how clear and thorough the book is, and we love the ending optimism "We live on forever in people's hearts." Highly recommend.