What's Heaven

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This treasure of a book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children.

What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very special book precisely for these stressful moments. What's Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps ...

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Overview

This treasure of a book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children.

What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very special book precisely for these stressful moments. What's Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven. The many questions in this book are real, coming from Shriver's own children, nieces, and nephews when her grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy passed away. With 900,000 copies of the book now in print, the loving, confident, and ultimately uplifting answers Shriver provides are helping readers' families come together, feel closer to one another, and experience peace during the times when they need it most.

After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.

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"...unusually honest and attentive to children's concerns.... serves as an excellent model for parents."
--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312382414
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 69,812
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Shriver graduated from Georgetown University. A correspondent for Dateline NBC, she lives in California with her husband, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and their four children.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    It's like I wrote it myself about our family!

    My daughter was having a very difficult time dealing with the loss of our dog. This book helped ease her through the process. Plus, it refers to the loss of a grandparent as well. I highly recommend this if you have suffered a loss in your family and you have young children who need answers!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    too graphic

    I felt the way they discribe Grandma being put in a box and buried under the ground to graphic and upsetting. I would not let my children read it.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Wonderful

    A wonderful book for a young child that has lost, or is about to loose a loved one. I give away 20 or so every year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Very touching, great book!

    I recently lost my grandmother and I'm pregnant. When I read a few pages of the book, I couldn't take my eyes out of the story. It was very touching, I will read it to my daughter for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    A Wonderful Book to Help Young Children deal with Death

    This is the second time that I have turned to this book to help my now 6 yr. old daughter deal with the death of a loved one. Maria Shriver shows genuine compassion toward children in this book. It is written in such a way as to help children cope with and come to grips with their feelings. And I would also recommend it for adults. It has helped me to deal with the sudden death of my father. I highly recommend this bookd for children of all ages and even for adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Great story to read with kids!

    I thought this was a great story. I lost my great-grandmother at the age of 20 and still found it difficult to understand. I have younger cousins that I read this with and I think it helped all of us cope with the situation. Great job Maria! Also, the illustrations were beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Maria's great book

    Hi! My name is kate and I enjoyed this book. I am seven years old. There were very hard words that I couldn't read or pronounce but it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this book. Maria shriver is a very good author and writes very good stories for children and adults. I hope she writes more books for children and adults. It probably took Maria a long time to make a great book. The first book I read was What's Heaven?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    This is a wonderful book for any young child who has lost a loved one.

    My father passed away recently and I wanted to find a simple book to help me explain to my 3 year old daughter that her grandfather had died and gone on to a wonderful place. I had no prior knowledge of 'What's Heaven?' but when I leafed through it in the bookstore it was exactly what I had in mind. I just happened to mention this book to my daughter's teacher and she asked me to bring it to school so that she could share it with the class during their devotion. The day that I took the book and handed it to the teacher she commented that it was just what she needed. Later that day I discovered that her mother had died earlier that morning. I allowed her to keep the book for awhile and when she returned it to me she said that it really helped her. So you see, this is a book that touches all ages. It's simplistic and reassuring.Just what I needed during this difficult time. P.S. The illustrations are heavenly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2000

    Ilustrations were wonderful!!!

    I think that this book was poorly written but illustrated beautifully!!! The pictures were so in tune with the story and so bright which was a nice juxtaposition to the subject of death. Wonderful job Sandra!!!

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