A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Handles the concepts of loss and death, from a child's viewpoint, with integrity and inspiration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this beautifully conceived story won't have children giggling, the words will prompt many thoughtful discussions. Rustic illustrations will immediately capture kids' attention.
Is It Any Good?
Opportunities for discussion abound throughout this story. Each paragraph encourages talks about the natural world, self-discovery, and the comfort of prayer. The concept of prayer is introduced via the tangible world of nature. Warm, earth-tone, watercolor illustrations enhance the reassuring mood. Stunning perspectives take the reader on a journey of discovery -- first at grass level, as the boy observes the wonder of a flower, then soaring up to the treetops.
The metaphorical text may become long for a restless youngster, so discussions and short readings may be appropriate. Older children will appreciate the ability to think for themselves about the meaning of prayer and death, or the wonders of nature. This is a book to share with others -- especially with children who have lost a loved one.
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