Where Do We Go?

Where Do We Go?

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$12.95

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ISBN-13: 9780615238050
Publisher: Wondrous Publications, LLC
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Pages: 44

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Where Do We Go? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KaelebsMomma on LibraryThing 25 days ago
¿Where Do We Go¿ by James F. Weinsier is a wonderfully written book for children dealing with the uncertainty of death in a positive way. Death is a hard subject to address, especially so with children. Mr. Weinsier delicately touches on the subject in a way that children can relate to. His explanation is easy to understand and not intimidating or frightening. He is able to answer the question of where we go when we die in a creative and reassuring approach; the illustrations aid to this in their vibrant, child friendly way.I am pleased to see that someone was able to address such a fragile subject that is often avoided until it¿s necessary to discuss due to a tragic situation. I appreciate that Mr. Weinsier kept the tone light and positive. Death is a scary concept for children and I feel like some books may even complicate the topic. I¿d also like to stress that this book does not target religion. Anyone of any culture or belief can read this book without feeling like a certain idea is being presented. I think that this book is great for children of all ages. In fact, after reading this book with my children, it lightens my mood. My favorite part of the story is the last sentence. It just puts life and death into perspective in a loving, encouraging way.While unfortunate, this book came to my family at a time of need. We received this book just a day after a young family member passed unexpectedly. I was able to read this story to my children and asked if they had any questions. While they didn¿t have anything specific on their minds, they did ponder some of the possibilities presented within the book. I really felt like this book was helpful and it was enjoyed by my 8 and 10 year olds.Thank you for answering the age old question in such an optimistic fashion. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Weinsier. His honesty and kindness shine through in his books. Take the time to read this one. You won¿t be disappointed.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
After the death of family, friend or even a pet, most kids have questions, they just might not know how to ask them. This book asks those questions about where they go, what it is like for them, the weather, smells, holidays, games, colors, magic or if those of us left on earth can feel or see what they are doing. There is no answer for each of these questions, but the overall, simple answer is ¿in the hearts of all those who love you¿.After a recent death in my own family, my kids started asking some of these questions again. While they are a bit older than the age group that this book is intended for (I would estimate as young as the 4-8 age group), the same concerns are there at all ages though. The words were in a sing song rhythm of poetry that can make it almost fun for children to explore the different options and questions they have. The curlicue font was not as easy to read as it is pretty to look at but the illustrations (by Cliff Beaman) are fabulous in a way that almost tells the story and asks the questions without the words. Since the book doesn¿t give an answer (probably for the best since that allows people to input their own beliefs), this is the perfect book to help allow kids to open up and start that discussion that they might not even know they wanted to have. Simple ending with a simple concept and a great conversation with the kids that have experienced loss.
onyx9 More than 1 year ago
After the death of family, friend or even a pet, most kids have questions, they just might not know how to ask them. This book asks those questions about where they go, what it is like for them, the weather, smells, holidays, games, colors, magic or if those of us left on earth can feel or see what they are doing. There is no answer for each of these questions, but the overall, simple answer is "in the hearts of all those who love you". **** After a recent death in my own family, my kids started asking some of these questions again. While they are a bit older than the age group that this book is intended for (I would estimate as young as the 4-8 age group), the same concerns are there at all ages though. The words were in a sing song rhythm of poetry that can make it almost fun for children to explore the different options and questions they have. The curlicue font was not as easy to read as it is pretty to look at but the illustrations (by Cliff Beaman) are fabulous in a way that almost tells the story and asks the questions without the words. Since the book doesn't give an answer (probably for the best since that allows people to input their own beliefs), this is the perfect book to help allow kids to open up and start that discussion that they might not even know they wanted to have. Simple ending with a simple concept and a great conversation with the kids that have experienced loss.
KaelebsMomma More than 1 year ago
"Where Do We Go" by James F. Weinsier is a wonderfully written book for children dealing with the uncertainty of death in a positive way. Death is a hard subject to address, especially so with children. Mr. Weinsier delicately touches on the subject in a way that children can relate to. His explanation is easy to understand and not intimidating or frightening. He is able to answer the question of where we go when we die in a creative and reassuring approach; the illustrations aid to this in their vibrant, child friendly way. I am pleased to see that someone was able to address such a fragile subject that is often avoided until it's necessary to discuss due to a tragic situation. I appreciate that Mr. Weinsier kept the tone light and positive. Death is a scary concept for children and I feel like some books may even complicate the topic. I'd also like to stress that this book does not target religion. Anyone of any culture or belief can read this book without feeling like a certain idea is being presented. I think that this book is great for children of all ages. In fact, after reading this book with my children, it lightens my mood. My favorite part of the story is the last sentence. It just puts life and death into perspective in a loving, encouraging way. While unfortunate, this book came to my family at a time of need. We received this book just a day after a young family member passed unexpectedly. I was able to read this story to my children and asked if they had any questions. While they didn't have anything specific on their minds, they did ponder some of the possibilities presented within the book. I really felt like this book was helpful and it was enjoyed by my 8 and 10 year olds. Thank you for answering the age old question in such an optimistic fashion. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Weinsier. His honesty and kindness shine through in his books. Take the time to read this one. You won't be disappointed.
BTHM More than 1 year ago
My daughter greatly enjoyed the book and after we read the book, she had to 'read' it to one of the cats. The text is very endearing and full of joy and happiness (something all children should be reminded about) and treats loss as a meeting of those we've loved. As my daughter is still a toddler, she has only experienced the loss of a wild bird that was friendly to us, she has not experienced death of a loved one. So I'm not sure she truly understood the concept of the loss of death. BUT I know this book will be wonderful to read to her again when she does, as I think it is very beneficial to helping young children grasp the concept of a heaven, no matter what your faith. I HIGHLY recommend that you buy this book, to have it around, for when you need it0 be it for a loved one or a favorite pet that passes on!
janemaritz More than 1 year ago
What Mommy Likes: It doesn't focus on grief and death. Let's start by saying that I started reading this book to Esmé without knowing exactly what it was about. It seemed to be imagining all the many wonderful possibilities of heaven from a child's perspective, so that's how we took it. It was only later that I saw the subtitle: The Good Grief Book, that I realized it was intended to deal with the subject of death. And that did explain a few things in the book, like the last words: "Because 'forever you live' here in the hearts-of all those who love you!" The rhyming text is easy to read and filled with fun kid-related imaginings, like shooting hoops with stars, shelves with video games (that you can juggle), bubbles playing follow-the-leader, dancing balloons at pizza parties. The illustrations are also fun! Colorful, full of little details like pink shoes, they match the text perfectly. This book is a good starter point for this Bible text (1Cor 2:9) that we've begun studying... Let's imagine, and have fun with it! What Mommy Doesn't Like: This is a book that tackles what I see as a theological subject ("What Happens When You Die?") in a non-secular, but also non-theological way - full of questions and not a lot of answers. It is vague enough that you can probably adapt it to whatever belief you have on the subject, which makes it more universally appealing. I paraphrased a couple of sections (such as "I'm sure all our pets will be there with us" - since I'm not entirely sure about that...) and included a discussion about God and the timeline of death and resurrection and the earth made new. I personally would prefer a book that refers to God, rather than to a reindeer sleigh. Summary: A fun book on a serious topic; it may not cover everything you want your child to know about death and life after, but it serves as a good starting point for that discussion.
RAnn More than 1 year ago
This is a bright and colorful book written in charming verse. It is a child wondering what the hereafter will be like. Will it be winter all year, or summer, or some of each? Will there be parks, video games, fireflies or bubblegum? He finally concludes that our pets will be there with us (but doesn't name "there" as heaven or anything) and that "you really, truly never go anywhere, no matter what you do, Because forever you live in the hearts of all those who love you". It's a cute book and good for starting discussions of the hereafter, according to family beliefs; however I find it interesting that the only definitive statement the author makes about the hereafter is that our pets will be there.
Lovinglearningathome More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to review this book. I choose not to read it to my children who are 11 and 7. This is a non-secular look at what could happen after someone dies. I really hoped as I read through the book that there would be a mention of Heaven. As a Christian parent, I felt that the ending of this book would confuse my children. We have made it a point to tell them over and over that loved ones who choose Jesus will be in Heaven after they die. This book really was just a rose colored version of what things children would like for the afterlife to be like. I feel like, in order to be considered non-secular, the author chose to leave out the word Heaven. In doing this, as a Christian parent, I would not like to have my children read this. www.lovinglearningathome.blogspot.com (You can read my review in full on my blog.
Chrissys_Reviews More than 1 year ago
My daughter enjoyed lisening to the book as I read it to her and she loved the pictures. I enjoyed how they handled the difficult issue of where do we go after we die. I liked this book because it helps children deal with where they or their pets go when they die. They do this in a fun way that children can enjoy reading about. My daughter enjoyed the pictures of the book. The pictures in the book are wonderfully illustraded by Cliff Beaman. This book allows my daughter to imagine where she would go and what she may or may not would find there. I believe this will be a book she can enjoy over and over again.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
There are so many questions young children ask their parents - may I have a snack? Can I go out and play? Are we there yet? In the constant onslaught of queries, there is one that inevitably comes up - where do we go when we die? How will you answer this important question? Where Do We Go? tackles the difficult question of what happens after life in a gentle and reassuring way. Bright, cheerful illustrations accompany rhyming text that never mention the words "death" or "dying." Indeed, the book opens with the question, "Where do we go when we leave this Earth? Everybody wants to know! Is it frosty and cold - all year round with lots and lots of snow?" The book is full of children quizzically imagining where we might go, and the myriad of possibilities that only a child could envision. Thoughts of barbecues, swimming pools, and even amusement parks are given as places we might go: "and the splashing from the theme parks there, on a rainbow colored day, Could it possibly be those rain showers here That dampen us at play?" Where Do We Go? includes additional questions that children are likely to ask such as, How long will it take to get there? Will we stay the same age forever? Will our pets be there waiting for us? along with several other common questions. This book is suitable for parents/children of all faiths as no specific mention of God and/or religious beliefs are given. Instead, it provides an overview of what life after death might be like and helps children by asking the questions that they wonder about. While no answers are given (do we really know what Heaven is like?) youngsters should feel at ease after reading this book, particularly after learning: "You really, truly never go anywhere, no matter what you do, Because 'forever you live' In the hearts of all those who love you!" Quill says: A gentle tale that tackles a subject many parents find difficult to discuss with their children.