Where Do People Go When They Die?

Where Do People Go When They Die?

by Mindy Avra Portnoy, Shelly O. Haas

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Children's Literature
The simple question of the title is one likely to cause momentary heart palpitations in the adult to whom it's directed. How does one answer children? How much should one tell, and to what age child? Should the answer be factual, spiritual, circuitous? Here is a well thought through book that gives many answers to where people go when they die. The child in the story hears a factual answer: "into the ground (to) become part of earth and of nature;" and a reassuring one: "into our hearts to make us strong." She hears several other answers before asking herself the question and expressing her own understanding in a way that feels comfortable to her. Portnoy, a rabbi, brings a rich sensitivity to her text, while award-winning artist Haas paints gentle, reassuring water colors with lovely, heartwarming details to add strength to this beautiful book. Buy it and put it away till the inevitable time you will need it. 2004, Kar-Ben, Ages 3 to 8.
—Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This sensitive, carefully constructed book picks up where Aliki's The Two of Them (HarperCollins, 1987) and Mellonie Bryan's Lifetimes (Bantam, 1983) leave off. In a beautifully poetic style, a father, aunt, teacher, etc., all answer the title question. The responses are nonthreatening and soothing. When people die, "They- become part of the earth and of nature"; "They go to heaven, a place of peace-. They watch over us from there"; "They go into our memories and-. become the past." The afterword and suggestions for parents include advice about talking to children about death, e.g., "-consider yourself the principal teacher/mentor to your child. You shouldn't ALWAYS have to say, `We'll go ask the rabbi or minister.'" Haas's muted watercolor illustrations help set the tone for this meaningful, much-needed book on a universal topic.-Sandra Kitain, Abrams Hebrew Academy, Yardley, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication date:
Lerner Life Cycle Series
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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