"Here is a poignant, touching, and spiritually evocative tale. I heartily recommend it to families everywhere." (Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Spiritual Lives of Children)
"Barron makes a heartfelt tribute to a deceased loved one in his picture-book debut, which is given stirring visual expression in Soentpiet's dazzling, crystal-clear mountain landscapes." (Kirkus Reviews)
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
T.A. Barron (Thomas Archibald Barron) is an American writer of fantasy literature, books for kids and teens, and nature books. His most popular series, The Merlin Saga, consists of several series including The Lost Years of Merlin, Merlin’s Dragon, and The Great Tree of Avalon. Barron has also written the Adventures of Kate books and The Atlantis Saga. Barron is an active supporter of conservation efforts and often writes about nature and ecology in mythical settings.
Read an Excerpt
Every bird needs a nest,
and every kid needs a tree."
That's what Grandpa said
before he built my tree house
in the old cottonwood.
He knew how much I like
to climb trees.
Especially this tree.
Whenever Grandpa joined me
up there in the branches
he would say,
"Let's see as far as we can possibly see."
And I would look
beyond the horse pasture,
beyond the hills, all the way
to the Never Summer range
of the Rockies, and wonder
if somewhere up there
a young eagle was staring back at me.
Sometimes I climb up there
just to chatter with the squirrels.
Sometimes I climb up there
just to be alone.
To dream a little.
But not that day.
That day I didn't feel
like climbing. Or anything else.
You see, that was the day
For a long time I sat
on the porch step and waited.
When Dad came home
he got out of the car, moving slowly,
like an old man. Even older
Mom hugged him
for a long time. They came over
and sat beside me on the step.
My sister and brother joined us,
and for a while,
What People are Saying About This
Here is a poignant, touching, and spiritually evocative tale. I heartily recommend it to families everywhere.
(Robert Coles, M.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Children in Crisis)
The universality of the response to the child's query of Where Is Grandpa? makes this book appropriate for people of all belief systems. The staff within our hospice program has found this to be a most valuable aid in helping children understand and find peace in the loss of a loved one. I only wish that such a book had been available when my children were struggling with the death of their dear grandmother.
(Connie Holden, Executive Director, Hospice of Boulder County)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Illustrations are beautiful! The storyline is sad, but it is a great way to talk to your kids about losing a loved one.