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What's Heaven?
     

What's Heaven?

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by Maria Shriver
 
March 1999

Many recognize Maria Shriver as one of the top television journalists in the country. However, in addition to her duties as an award-winning journalist with NBC, Shriver is also the mother of four children. Recently Shriver's grandmother passed away, and she was confronted with questions: How do you explain death to children? How do you

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March 1999

Many recognize Maria Shriver as one of the top television journalists in the country. However, in addition to her duties as an award-winning journalist with NBC, Shriver is also the mother of four children. Recently Shriver's grandmother passed away, and she was confronted with questions: How do you explain death to children? How do you help them understand the loss of a loved one? Shriver's subsequent discussions with her six-year-old daughter, Katherine, became the inspiration for Shriver's first book, What's Heaven?

What's Heaven? tells the story of Kate, a young girl struggling to understand the loss of her great-grandmother. Kate is filled with questions that many young children ask when faced with death at such a young age. Why do people die? How do they get to heaven? What is heaven like? The questions that Kate asks are real, taken from Shriver's experience helping her family cope with their loss. And Kate's mother provides warm and reassuring answers to these questions that help Kate understand that death and grieving are a natural part of life.

Combining her skills as a journalist with her experience raising four children, Shriver has written a book that parents of all faiths can share with their children.

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At some point, death touches every family -- and it's always a difficult subject to discuss with kids. How do you explain death to children without scaring them? How do you help them understand the loss of a loved one? Award-winning journalist Maria Shriver faced this very dilemma when her own grandmother died and her six-year-old daughter, Katharine, asked many thought-provoking questions. What's Heaven?, Shriver's first book for children, was inspired by her actual discussions with Katharine. Featuring a young girl who's trying to understand the loss of her great-grandmother, this touching tale is filled with warm and reassuring explanations that will help kids understand that death and grieving are a natural part of life.
From the Publisher

“...unusually honest and attentive to children's concerns.... serves as an excellent model for parents.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582381008
Publisher:
Golden Books Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Shriver was California’s first lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation’s premier forum for women, The Women’s Conference.

Sandra Speidel illustrated What's Heaven from St. Martin's Press.

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