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When Goodbye is Forever

When Goodbye is Forever

by Lois Rock, Sheila Moxley
     
 

All through our lives we learn to say many goodbyes. Some are easy. Some are hard. This book helps young readers to understand different sorts of good-byes and to find the strength and hope when they face the hardest good-bye of all--bereavement.

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All through our lives we learn to say many goodbyes. Some are easy. Some are hard. This book helps young readers to understand different sorts of good-byes and to find the strength and hope when they face the hardest good-bye of all--bereavement.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rock (A Child's First Book of Prayers) offers words of wisdom for youngsters facing two watershed events: the birth of a sibling and the death of a loved one. She's well served by the very different styles of her two illustrators in these paper-over-board volumes. In Now We Have a Baby, she directly and succinctly mirrors children's emotions in single sentences. "Sometimes you can feel left out," the author acknowledges, while Massey (the Touch & Fit series), working in comforting, velvety pastels and simple shapes, portrays a preschooler sitting by himself on a staircase, looking wistful. But the second half assures readers that their love teaches an infant important skills (smiling, sharing) and helps make "a baby part of our family, for a family is love." When Good-Bye Is Forever takes a much different approach-the success of which may depend on readers' religious upbringing. After reminding youngsters that life is filled with good-byes, Rock addresses the finality of death with analogy ("Sometimes death comes unexpectedly, like a frost that kills the spring flowers"), homespun philosophy ("Into the empty space of good-bye will come the memories of happy times") and faith-based language ("Loved ones who die pass on to a new beginning... We call that place heaven, where God makes all things new"). The author's earnestness is never in doubt, but the book is little more than a laundry list of homilies. It's the contemplative, stylized realism of Moxley's (Elephant Dance) artwork that shapes the pages into a cohesive whole, eloquently conveying a mood of loss, longing and acceptance. Ages 2-5; Forever 3-8. (Nov. 2004) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This bibliotherapeutic book begins with a discussion of short good-byes that do not hurt, moves on to good-byes of indeterminate length, and then focuses on those good-byes "that are forever and may be sad." Rock addresses the reality that all people must die and that death feels unkind, unfair, and lonely, but reassures readers that their memories of happy times eventually take away their pain. The final pages end with the idea that loved ones go to heaven, "where God makes all things new," and that eventually "God's love will gather us together for all eternity." The author has tackled a difficult topic with varying degrees of success. Some metaphors are rather awkward, but her sensitivity to the subject is apparent. The brightly colored illustrations are friendly and inviting. Readers looking for titles that have a more secular view will be better served by Laurie Krasny Brown's When Dinosaurs Die (Little, Brown, 1996) and Malika Doray's One More Wednesday (HarperCollins, 2001).-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561484492
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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