I am in awe of Avril McDonald's tender and wise book about dealing with grief. The lovely rhythmic language and the beautiful illustrations blend perfectly to explore the emotional journey of love and loss, breaking your heart and then helping it to heal. The book is so well written and talks about death in such a way that is perfect for children. Wolfgang and his friends express their disbelief and anger and share their tears as Wise Owl and Spider support them, help them deal with this major change in their lives and remind them that just because someone is gone doesn't mean they have left your heart. Tatiana Minina's colorful, bold and expressive illustrations really contribute to the book's message.
The Grand Wolf is part of McDonald's Feel Brave Series of books which are designed to help children deal with real life situations, manage tough emotions and reach their potential. Each book tells a story about a real life situation that children may face and offers simple coping strategies. Each of the five books helps children deal with self-confidence, anxiety and fears, change, grief, loss, worries and bullying. Follow Avril McDonald on her Feel Brave website.
This book is a great discussion book and resource for families and educators to use to talk about death with young children. It is a helpful book for a family dealing with grief, approaching grief or separation. There is also a Feel Brave Teaching Guide available along with a CD.
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