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Badger's Parting Gifts

Susan Varley

All the woodland creatures - Mole, Frog, Fo and Rabbit - love old Badger, who is their confidant, advisor, and friend. When he dies, they are overwhelmed by their loss. then, they begin to Badger had given them each something to treasure.
Told simply, directly, and honestly, this is an uplifting story with a message for everyone.

21x25cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between

Bryan Melonie, illus Robert Ingpen

Have you ever wondered why a butterfly lives for only a few weeks? Or why a tree lives for hundreds of year? You may have been sad when someone in your family, or a favourite pet became sick and died.
There is a beginning and an ending to everything that is alive. In between is a lifetime. Dying is a much a part of living as being born.
This is a beautiful book to begin a conversation about death and dying.

21x21cm  $18.00  

Ben's Flying Flowers

Inger Maier, illus Maria Bogade

Day after day Emily draws pictures of dark clouds with rain, and houses with tiny windows and doors. She misses Ben very much.
When Emily loses her brother after a long illness, she feels alone, angry, and very, very sad. With the understanding and support of her parents she learns that it helps when she snuggles with her parents and it helps when she talks about her feelings and asks questions about Ben. She learns that it helps when she does regular kids stuff too, and mostly that remembering Ben and their happy life together builds healthy and helpful images that soothe her sad feelings and provide much comfort for her and her family.

25x25cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Boy Who Sat By the Window, The

Chris Loftis illus Catharine Gallagher

In this touching story of a small boy whose classmate is killed by random gunfire, Chris Loftis uses his expertise as a counselor to heal the fragile psyches of children who have witnessed violence and/or the death of a peer. He teaches coping skills and restores hope by instilling a message of peace. An ideal way to encourage conversations about such a difficult issue.

32 pages  $26.00  

Duck, Death and the Tulip

Wolf Erlbruch

Duck is going about her daily activities when she notices the presence of Death. Personified as a miniature Grim Reaper, complete with long robe and grinning skull, Death initially frightens Duck, who wonders if Death has come to "fetch" her. The (not so) reassuring response? "Oh, I've been close by all your lifeójust in case." Eventually Death seems so familiar that Duck even reaches out to warm him after a dip in the pond. Touched but undeterred, Death waits patiently until one day Duck succumbs, whereupon he launches her (and the titular tulip) out upon the "great river."

28x23cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Everett Anderson's Goodbye

Lucille Clifton

The words express Everett's emotions, as he passes through the five stages of grief, as well as his mother's quiet understanding support. Quiet beautiful with superb black and white drawings to illustrate the story.

21x21cm  32 pages  $18.00  

Fall of Freddie the Leaf

A Story of Life for All Ages (Anniversary)

Leo Buscaglia

This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death. "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf" is a warm and thought-provoking story and both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book. This 20th anniversary edition of this beloved classic has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.

18x21cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Gentle Willow

A Story for Children about Dying (2ND ed.

Joyce Mills

Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion.

25x20cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Grief is like a Snowflake

Julia Cook

After the death of his father, Little Tree begins to learn how to cope with his feelings and start the healing process. With the help and support of his family and friends, Little Tree learns to cope by discovering what is really important in life, and that his fathers memory will carry on. Best-selling author, Julia Cook, and a lovable cast of trees, offers a warm approach to the difficult subject of death and dying.

28 pages  $19.95  

He's Gone - And I Miss Him

Hilary Fraser, illus Rosemary Mastnak

It's an ordinary day at school for Maddy, Sam and Bec. During the morning they are called to the Principal's office. why is Uncle Craig coming to take them home? what's happened? what's the police car outside the house for? why is Mum crying?
Something horrible has happened to dad. The Policeman said he had left a letter.

This is a beautifully presented book to help chidren who are grieving following the suicide of someone close to them. the three stories are written in words and concepts that will be easily understood by children in the 5-7, 8-10 and 11 plus age-groups for which each is intended.
the book includes sensitive suggestions to encourage discussion and exploration of a range of feelings.
This is an Australian book which fills a desperate need. There is very little written anywhere for children coping with SUICIDE.

28x21cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Help Me Say Goodbye

Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies

Janis Silverman

An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.

18x26cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend

A Fable about loss and healing

Howard Binkow

Howard and his friends discuss how they can help Kiki deal with her loss. They decide it's best to ask her how they can help and they listen to her, respecting her wishes.

21x26cm  32 pages  $27.00  

I Miss You

First Look at Death

Pat Thomas

When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps children understand that death is a part of life. Thomas, a psychotherapist and counselor, promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. Full-color illustrations.

21x24cm  32 pages  $15.00  

I'll Always Love You

Hans Wilhelm

In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood, suit the simple text perfectly

32 pages  $14.00  

If Nathan Were Here

Mary Bahr

This gentle picture book explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. As he goes about the things he does in a day, he thinks about how it would be if Nathan were still present. The teacher is able to instigate some activities that help the class express their grief. One of the few books that deals with the death of a friend in childhood.

25x20cm  32 pages  $15.00  

Invisible String

Patrice Karst, illus Geoff Stevenson

Mums and Dads feel the tug whenever kids give it a pull. Kids feel the tug that comes back to them. This story is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we arenít ever really alone.

26x26cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Itís Just Different Now

Linda Espie

This beautifully simply book will help many children, ages 3-7 comes to terms with their grief when parents separate and children long to have the family together again.
This book can also be used with children who have suffered a bereavement. The illustrations are beautiful, the words succinct, and it's an ideal book to start a conversation.

30x21cm  32 pages  $16.95  

Life is Like the Wind

Big Hug Book

Shona Innes, Irisz Agocs

Life is Like the Wind is a book about grief and loss. Life is a little bit like the wind. When the wind leaves, kites stop soaring, fur stops flying and trees stop fluttering. But where does the wind go? And where does life go when it leaves the body…..
This is another book in the BIG HUG series, an Australian series, written by a clinical and forensic psychologist.

24x24cm  32 pages  $14.95  

Luna's Red Hat

An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide

Emmi Smid

It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum's red hat. Luna's Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her in the same way. Her Dad talks to her to explain what happened and together they think about all the happy memories they have of Mum.
This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Suicide always causes shock, not just for the family members but for everyone around them, and children also have to deal with these feelings. The book approaches the subject sensitively and includes a guide for parents and professionals by bereavement expert, Dr Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers. It will be of interest to anyone working with, or caring for, children bereaved by suicide, including bereavement counsellors, social workers and school staff, as well as parents, carers and other family members.

26x20cm  32 pages  $27.95  

Memory Box

Mary Bahr

When Gramps realizes he has Alzheimer's disease, he starts a memory box with his grandson, Zach, to keep memories of all the times they have shared.

23x20cm  32 pages  $13.95  

Memory Tree

Britta Teckentrup

Fox has lived a long and happy life in the forest. One day, he lies down in his favourite clearing, takes a deep breath, and falls asleep for ever. Before long, Fox's friends begin to gather in the clearing. One by one, they tell stories of the special moments that they shared with Fox. And, as they share their memories, a tree begins to grow, becoming bigger and stronger, sheltering and protecting all the animals in the forest, just as Fox did when he was alive.This gentle and comforting tale celebrates life and the memories that are left behind when a loved one dies.

24x25cm  32 pages  $16.00  

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake

With unmitigated honesty, a touch of humor, and sensitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, award-winning author Michael Rosen explores the experience of sadness in a way that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

29x22cm  32 pages  $17.00  

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine

Your activity book to help when someone has died.

Diana Crossley

Offers practical and sensitive support for bereaved children. Beautifully illustrated, it suggests a helpful series of activities and exercises accompanied by the friendly characters of Bee and Bear. This book offers a structure and an outlet for the many difficult feelings which inevitably follow when someone dies. It aims to help children make sense of their experience by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief, whilst finding a balance between remembering and having fun. This book is a useful tool in the present, and will become an invaluable keepsake in the years to come.

22x30cm  32 pages  $34.95  

Next Place

Warren Hanson

A classic, "The Next Place" brings gentle verse revealing a safe and welcome destination free from earthly hurts and filled with wonder and peace. A comforting message of hope and a gift of compassion for the bereaved. Exquisite, color illustrations.

23x28cm  32 pages  $32.00  

Old Pig

A Glorious Celebration of the World

Margaret Wild

Old Pig and Granddaughter have lived together for a long, long time. They share everything, until one day when Old Pig does not get up as usual for breakfast. Calmly she puts her affairs in order, and then she takes Granddaughter on a last, long walk. Old Pig and Granddaughter say goodbye to each other in the best way they know.

26x24cm  24 pages  $26.00  


Jo Empson

This is the story of a very special rabbit. He enjoys ding rabbity things, but he also loves - well, un-rabbity things. His boundless creative talents a source of joy and inspiration to the other rabbits.
When rabbit suddenly disappears, no one knows where he has gone. His friends are desolate. But, as it turns out, rabbit has left behind some very special gifts for them, to help them discover their own unrabbity talents!
This stunning book celebrates individuality, encourages the creativity in everyone, and positively introduces children to dealing with loss of any kind.

26x26cm  32 pages  $30.00  

Rudi's Pond

Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler, illus

The Rudi of the title is the narrator's classmate, a friend from down the street who's a good companion even though he's "sick a lot." Rudi's heart problems worsen and he eventually dies ... leaving the narrator and her classmates struggling with a way to cmmemorate their friend.

22x22cm  32 pages  $14.00  


Eleanor Coerr, Ed Young

Japanese legend holds that if a person who is ill makes a 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant that person's wish to be well again. Beautiful illustrations by Caldecott-medalist Ed Young enhance the story of Sadako, a young girl dying of leukemia as a result of the atom bombing of Hiroshima.

20x25cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Samantha Janeís Missing Smile

A Story About Coping with the Loss of a Parent

Donna Pincus

Since Samantha Janeís dad died, she has been sad and quiet, keeping to herself. One day, her neighbor Mrs Cooper gently asks her about her missing smile, and Sammy Jane begins to open up about her grief, her worries, and her confusion. Sammy Janeís mother joins her daughter in Mrs Cooperís garden, and helps her further with accepting and responding to her profound loss.
This book deals with the full range of emotions, questions, and worries that children have when a parent has died, including: Will people think I didnít love my dad if I seem happy? If I let myself cry, will I ever be able to stop? Can my sadness just go away if I ignore it? If I talk to my mom about it, Iím worried Iíll make her even more sad. It also offers ways to remember and honor the lost parent, encourages the open sharing of feelings, and helps children understand that their parents want them to be happy and live their lives fully. For ages 4-8 years old.

25x20cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Corinne Demas, illus Ard Hoyt

A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends. They play games together, explore their neighborhood, and even cuddle up to read bedtime stories each night. Lulu is the best dog a girl could ever hope for, but when she grows older and gradually becomes weak, the little girl must face the sad possibility of losing her dear friend, and inevitably, cope with the death of her canine companion. Though she is deeply saddened by Lulu's passing and misses her very much, over time the little girl discovers that the sweet memory of her beloved Lulu will live on forever... in her heart.
Helps young children learning to understand and cope with the mixed emotions that come with the loss of a loved one.

25x25cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

Children Can Learn to Cope with Pet Loss

Marge Heegaard

An art therapy book for children coping with the loss of a pet.

27x21cm  32 pages  $21.95  

Sky of Diamonds

A Story for children about loss, grief and hope

Camille Gibbs

When Mia learns that her mother has died, all the colour in her world changes to a dreary grey. She feels guilty, angry, sad and lost (sometimes all at once!), and she doesn't know what to do to feel better. Little by little, with the help of her Dad, Mia learns how to cope with her difficult feelings. Together, they remember her mother by creating memory boxes, and they even get rid of anger by crazily sloshing paints and punching holes in newspapers! In the end, Mia finds her own, very special way of coping. When she feels sad or lonely, she looks up to the stars.
Full of practical strategies, this storybook for children aged 5-9 addresses loss, grief and hope. Written from the perspective of Mia who has experienced the sudden death of her mother, it covers the different stages of grief, from initial disbelief, anger and sadness to resolution and hope. The book highlights the importance of giving children the time and space to work through their feelings and provides a host of thoughtful activities to help them cope. It also addresses some of the questions children commonly ask about death. Uniquely illustrated, this book will be an invaluable resource for anyone supporting a grieving child, especially bereavement counsellors, social workers, teachers and other school staff, as well as parents.

21x21cm  32 pages  $26.95  

Someone I Love Died by Suicide

A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them

Doreen Cammarata

This newly revised edition of the book is designed for adult caregivers to read to surviving youngsters following a suicidal death. The story allows individuals an opportunity to recognize normal grieving symptoms and to identify various interventions to promote healthy ways of coping with the death of a special person.

22x22cm  40 pages  $30.00  

Tear Soup

A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Pat Schwiebert, Chuck DeKlyen, Taylor Bills

In this modern-day fable, a woman who has suffered a terrible loss cooks up a special batch of "tear soup," blending the unique ingredients of her life into the grief process. Along the way she dispenses a recipe of sound advice for people who are in mourning.

29x22cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Tenth Good Thing About Barney

Judith Viorst

Barney was a cat. He died last Friday. And everyone was sad. They did what most people do when a cat they like dies. They had a funeral. And then they tried to think of good things about him. They wanted to remember him as he was; and they thought about some other things, too. Whenever a cat dies, or a dog, or a bird, or any friend, it can be a little like this story about Barney. Since dying is as usual as living, it's good to know about him.

18x18cm  32 pages  $14.00  

Two of Them


"The day she was born, her grandfather made her a ring of liver and polished stone, because he loved her already." Describes the relationship of a grandfather and his granddaughter from her birth until his death, very poignantly.

25x20cm  32 pages  $12.00  

Under the Rose Bush

Jane Fry

This little picture story book is about a relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, and how it changes when the grandmother develops Alzheimer's Disease. It also deals with grief issues of losing a loved one, through physical or mental causes. It's written by an Australian author who has had personal experience of this issue.

32 pages  $12.00  

Water Bugs and Dragonflies

Explaining Death to Young Children

Doris Stickney

Waterbugs and Dragonflies is a graceful fable written by Doris Stickney who sought a meaningful way to explain to neighborhood children the death of a five-year old friend.
After a water bug suddenly leaves her pond and is transformed into a dragonfly, her friends' questions about such departures are like those children ask when someone dies.

25x25cm  25 pages  $32.00  

When Dinosaurs Die

A Guide to Understanding Death

Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown

Explainsin simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died. Very good for early childhood. Explores what happens when someone is 'dead' and aspects of death and grief.

23x22cm  32 pages  $14.00  

When Someone has a Very Serious Illness

Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change

Marge Heegaard

An excellent resource for helping children learn the basic concepts of illness and various age-appropriate ways of coping with it.

22x28cm  32 pages  $18.95  

When Someone Very Special Dies

Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief

Marge Heegaard

A practical format for allowing children to understand the concept of death and develop coping skills for life, this book is designed for young readers to illustrate

22x28cm  32 pages  $18.95