A Last Goodbye

A Last Goodbye


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How do we say goodbye to a loved one after they die?

This book broaches a difficult topic in a heartfelt way by exploring the beauty in how animals mourn. From elephants to whales, parrots to bonobos, and lemurs to humans, we all have rituals to commemorate our loved ones and to lift each other up in difficult times.

New from the award-winning team behind You Are Stardust, Wild Ideas, and You Are Never Alone, this book gently recognizes death as a natural part of life for humans and all animals. Written in spare, poetic language and illustrated with stunning dioramas, it draws out our similarities with other animals as it honors the universal experience of mourning. The touching and uplifting book ends on a hopeful note, showing how we live on both in memories and on the planet, our bodies nourishing new life in the Earth and the oceans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771473644
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Publication date: 04/15/2020
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 667,129
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 12 Years

About the Author

ELIN KELSEY, PhD, is an award-winning author and a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. She co-created #OceanOptimism, a Twitter campaign share ocean conservation successes which has reached 90 million users to date. She works with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University and the University of Victoria and is passionate about engaging kids in hopeful, science-based, environmental solutions.

SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in fine sketching and painting techniques to create three-dimensional dioramas. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Education programs at York University.

What People are Saying About This

Marc Bekoff

"A Last Goodbye celebrates the beautiful ways other animals care for one another at the end of life. It mindfully opens up avenues for children to talk about death through the exploration of animal emotions and relationships.”

Dr. Timothy Poore

"A Last Goodbye is as moving as it is beautiful. Reading the words and moving through the images in this book, you are immediately drawn in to the feeling that all life is connected through our experiences of grief and love. Not only will readers of this book learn about how animals deal with death, but they will learn that they are not alone in their grief. Highly recommend."


Praise for You Are Stardust:

"Perfect for sparking adult and child conversations about our place in the universe. A remarkable achievement."

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW and Best of 2012 selection

Praise for Wild Ideas:

"This is a work that will be read and examined again and again, with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful."

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW and Best of 2015 selection

Praise for You Are Never Alone:

"Elegantly presented in soaring, vivid language...breathtakingly beautiful."

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Customer Reviews