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A grandfather's death inspires his grandchildren to create a book of wishes in this sensitive portrayal of dealing with the loss of a loved one. When Anna and her little brother Joey hear the sad news about their Poppy's death, they begin to think about what they would do if they could have one more day with him. They smile thinking about Poppy’s crazy birthday hat, giggle at the silly songs Poppy used to plunk out on the piano, and laugh out loud at the weekly chicken-soup game they played with him at ...

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Overview

A grandfather's death inspires his grandchildren to create a book of wishes in this sensitive portrayal of dealing with the loss of a loved one. When Anna and her little brother Joey hear the sad news about their Poppy's death, they begin to think about what they would do if they could have one more day with him. They smile thinking about Poppy’s crazy birthday hat, giggle at the silly songs Poppy used to plunk out on the piano, and laugh out loud at the weekly chicken-soup game they played with him at the deli. As the list grows into a pile, the pile becomes a book—a book of wishes for one more day with Poppy—or, as their mother explains, a memory book of the love and fun they shared with him, since all of their wishes have already come true. This treasured memento celebrates Poppy’s life and helps Anna and Joey keep his memory alive for years to come.

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"The gentle pastel watercolor pencil illustrations complement this tribute to a dearly loved grandfather. . . . Parents and caregivers will find this book very useful in helping children cope with the loss of a grandparent . . . and maybe find a bit of solace for themselves, as well."  —Children's Literature

"An excellent book that will resonate with many children who experience the death of someone they loved . . . addresses the unpredictable and varied range of emotions, the different perspectives of adult and child, and the idea of how memories can be comforting."  —Dr. Patti Homan, program director, PATHways Center for Grief & Loss

"A very strong addition to books available on loss, tenderly articulating the 'wishes' we all have."  —Ithaca Child

"A treat for the heart and soul."  —The Jewish Press

"This is a dear, sweet book that focuses on the issue of death without making it beyond the understanding of  5-9-year-olds."  —National Jewish Post & Opinion

"This [book] would be very helpful and comforting to use with children who have lost a grandparent or other loved one."  —Jewish Book World

"Covering a wide range of emotions, this celebration of Poppy’s life will help Anna and Joey keep his memory alive for years to come. . . . Jacqui Grantford's portrait-quality gouache and watercolor pencil illustrations are a fitting tribute to this reminder of the important things in life."   —MyShelf.com

The Jewish Press
A treat for the heart and soul.
National Jewish Post & Opinion
This is a dear, sweet book that focuses on the issue of death without making it beyond the understanding of 5-9-year-olds.
Jewish Book World
This [book] would be very helpful and comforting to use with children who have lost a grandparent or other loved one.
MyShelf.com
Covering a wide range of emotions, this celebration of Poppy's life will help Anna and Joey keep his memory alive for years to come. . . . Jacqui Grantford's portrait-quality gouache and watercolor pencil illustrations are a fitting tribute to this reminder of the important things in life.
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This picture story book is a reassuring method of introducing the subject of death to younger children.
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The gentle pastel watercolor pencil illustrations complement this tribute to a dearly loved grandfather. When Poppy dies unexpectedly, his grandchildren, Anna and Joey, are dismayed at not having had a chance to "say goodbye." As their mother begins to express her own grief at the loss of her father, the children actually help her to capture the important memories of Poppy's life with the entire family. It is important to see how gently both parents go about discussing Poppy's death. Mom asks Anna and Joey what they would have done if they had been granted one more day. Joey announces that he would have shared one more bowl of Matzah soup--they would make "sculptures" out of the Matzah balls. Anna wishes for a day to play checkers with Poppy once more--he was always so happy when "I won." Later the children settle down to make "lots more wishes;" it feels good to think about Poppy. Because Joey has not yet learned to write, he draws pictures and Anna writes down their "wishes:" dancing while Poppy plays the piano, another chance to laugh at his "crazy party hat," camping in his backyard, toasting marshmallows together, painting pictures, going to the zoo, going fishing, playing pirates, and all sorts of wonderful things they had shared with each other. They run in to show their mom all of the pages they have created--Mom is moved to new tears as she examines the "book" they have made of all their "wishes." Mom tells them that all of the wishes are really memories to cherish. Anna says that she will just call them "wishes" as she makes a cover for the book. We see that the family is Jewish and that they have begun the traditional mourning process for the grandfather--the illustrationsshow Aunt Susan covering the mirrors and the memorial candle being lit. We also hear about plans for spending time with Grandma while they receive family and friends to "comfort us with hugs and food" and "we'll all remember Poppy." Parents and caregivers will find this book very useful in helping children cope with the loss of a grandparent, and maybe find a bit of solace for themselves, as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972922579
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Joy Pastor is a kindergarten and elementary-school teacher active in the Kid Alert and Write Start programs. She lives in Tarzana, California. Jacqui Grantford is the author and illustrator of Shoes News and Various Faerious. She is the 2005 Dromkeen Grand Dragon for children's book illustration and the 2003 winner of the Salon des Refuses People’s Choice Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Best childrens book on the subject of dealing with loss

    Melanie Pastor is so sensitive and smart when she wrote this book about dealing with a childs loss of a grandparent. It is the best book I have read on this subject, and I have worked with children that were faced with these issues. The illustrations are also wonderful. The book deals with death in a postive and sensitive way.

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