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The Goodbye Book

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From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.
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Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 28, 2015 – With this deceptively simple look at coping with loss, featuring a fish in a fishbowl whose companion disappears, Parr adds to the list of universal issues he has explored, including family, thankfulness, love, the environment, and peace. Parr speaks to children in their own language, pairing easily interpreted pictures with empathic text that leaves ample room for interpretation and personalization this is a book that could easily be used as a lead-in to discussions about death, a family move, or less dramatic separations. Acknowledging that "It's hard to say goodbye to someone," the direct and supportive narrative traces the fish's initial reactions to the other fish's disappearance (including sadness, anger, confusion, and denial), which give way to a gradual recovery as time passes ("You'll remember all the fun you had"). The reassuring message that "there will always be someone to love you and hold you tight," reinforced by a picture of a boy holding the fishbowl, drives home the idea that, while goodbyes are often difficult, they aren't insurmountable. Ages 3 6.


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The Goodbye Book
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  • $5.99
  • Level: Grades P-1
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Published: Nov 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 32 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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