From School Library Journal
Grade 2–5—Becky narrates this story about her brother's death and its effects on her and her family. She and John were "best buddies," and when he dies, she is devastated and gives up many of the things she loved doing. Finally, as she begins to adjust to her life without him, she realizes that her brother would want her to be happy in spite of his absence. The story is poignant and touching, realistic and straightforward. This is a good book to recommend to families struggling with the death of a relative or friend. While the body proportions are not always exactly right in the realistic watercolors, the facial expressions are rendered with care and precision.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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"This is a touching story of John and his sister who loved each other and shared many interests until his death. The pictures and the text together form a tender story of loss and the journey through grief for his sister, Becky including feelings of guilt when Becky began enjoying life again.
Parents can use this inspiring story to begin discussions with children dealing with such a tragic and sudden experience or as a start to the exploration of feelings before a child experiences death.
Kids will relate to the feelings of the character and find an understanding of their own emotions as they read this story over again. Get a copy today to use as a great resource for kids when helping them to sort through the grief process. It is an excellent read and a wonderful book to share as a family. Check it out and let me know what you think." --heartfeltwords4kids, May 27, 2009
"...This is a poignant and sensitive story about a brother and sister who are best pals. When brother John dies, his sister Becky is distraught, suffering with her grief....Always My Brother teaches children how to deal with grief, acceptance and recovery in a gentle manner with kind words and tender illustrations." --Kennebec Journal, August 23, 2009