Friday, July 21, 2017
Book Review: Always Remember
Author: Cece Meng
Interest Level: Ages 3 and Up
From the Book Jacket: After Old Turtle swims his last swim and breathes his last breath, and the waves gently take him away, his friends lovingly remember how he impacted each and every one of them. As the sea animals think back on how much better Old Turtle made their lives and their world, they realize that he is not truly gone, because his memory and legacy will last forever. This is a picture book that will comfort those who have lost a loved one.
Why It's On My Bookshelf: This is definitely at the top of my list for books to assist children with grief. It really focuses on what a wonderful life Old Turtle had because he was such a generous and loving soul. We can be sad when we lose someone but also be so comforted by all of our positive interactions and encounters we had with them. I kept thinking of the word "cherish" as we read each page.
I love the last page:
He was a wonderful teacher and friend.
He loved to laugh and have fun.
He explored the unknown and discovered great things.
He showed kindness and strength.
And he made his world a better place.
When he was done, the ocean took him back.
But what he left behind was only the beginning.
This is a very helpful resource and I'm so happy to have it on my shelf.
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Tags: death and grief