A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Walks readers through the many ways people cope with grief, offering reassurance and some ideas on ways to cope.
Grief is a confusing, uncomfortable period, and there's no right way to respond to loss. But eventually it does get better. Loss is part of life, and cherishing happy memories helps make it easier to bear.
Positive Role Models
The fish loves and misses its friend. Other friends aren't always sure how to help the fish through grief, but they're present and available. When the fish is ready to reconnect with them, they're willing companions. They offer comfort, patience, and love.
Violence & Scariness
The fish's friend is abruptly absent from the fish bowl; it's unclear whether the fish died or was moved to another tank.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Todd Parr's The Goodbye Book is about loss -- the pet fish's friend may have died or may have moved away. This ambiguity helps make the book relatable to children dealing with many kinds of loss. The story addresses the many forms of grief, both emotional and physical, and how people who are grieving might find comfort.
Is It Any Good?
Saying goodbye is hard, but this understanding, supportive book offers comfort and guidance to children dealing with the messy emotions of grief. Sadness, anger, confusion, loneliness -- it's OK to feel any of these or none, THE GOODBYE BOOK reassures.
Author-illustrator Todd Parr (We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families) employs his trademark style -- bright colors, simple lines, and warm, straightforward prose -- to connect with very young children on their level. Parr offers assurance that it gets better, but he doesn't sugarcoat the difficulty of grief. He acknowledges that the pain of loss never completely goes away, but warm memories and love and support from those around you help you through it. This is a perfect choice for children struggling with any kind of loss or separation.
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