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This was recommended by a friend to present the as yet unknown experience of death of a loved one to my younger children upon the impending death of a pet. It was a nice story, but made absolutely no connection for my purposes. I kept it for the day this issue comes up again... perhaps older children, or being applicable to the lost of a person, will make it more useful.
We ended up trying a number of books related to loss of a pet, but most solved the "problem" with the replacement of the dead pet with a new one! Not something we wanted to present, nor did we want them to think grief is resolved through replacement. I had hoped this book would help with that idea, but still didn't generalize well enough to our situation. By itself, it's a lovely story, which is just how my children perceived it.
I order a ridiculous amount of stuff on Amazon and haven't left a review in years. This book merited one, though.
You simply can't read this book to a child because of the extremely strange fact that the elderly person is tied into a chair. The illustrations prevents you from verbally editing the author's choice to highlight this practice (that I have never heard of, despite having taken care of many elderly family members who lived well into their 90s and over 100).
I haven't returned anything to Amazon in at least 3 years. This is going back.
I will look for more suitable books that broach the topics of aging and death normally.
This may he a great way to help explain death to children if you read it WITH them. My daughter found this book on a shelf at her after school program and read it to herself. Even though it was well below her reading level, she was traumatized by the death since there was no warning or adult to help her deal with it.
The artwork is fine but ultimately the story is just depressing and a little creepy (with upstairs nana tied to a chair?) The story quickly turns to death and then not long after that the book is finished. There have been better books on the topic of death. Also, no real hope is shown in the book of the afterlife, other than that the Nana's apparently morphed into shooting stars? That's... different.