From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–This title, meant to be shared by a child and an adult, will help youngsters deal with grief. The book is divided into four sections. In Henry's Story, the family dog tells of Grandfather's death and describes family members and their various responses (Grandfather died and I am very sad; This is Ling….He is sad after Grandfather died and doesn't feel like playing ball anymore). Each reaction is different, but considered completely normal. Some pages include a question or two designed to encourage children to talk about their feelings (Can you tell me what you think death is?). Colored photographs are interspersed throughout the dog's narration. The My Memory Book section contains 19 pages of fill-in-the-blank sentences and opportunities to add or draw pictures. A two-page glossary defines words associated with death and grieving. The last part, For Caring Adults, provides information about a child's understanding of death, signs of grief, and more. While some children might wonder why the dog is telling the story, this book will encourage dialogue and will aid children in dealing with loss and healing.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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The story is quite detailed and full of possible emotions, both positive and negative. Different ways of coping with grief are covered fairly comprehensively,, and we learn about rituals that can help. -- Healthy Books 'This is a wonderful book for children about feelings they may have after someone they love has died. Told from the perspective of Henry, the family dog, the story compares the feelings of the different grandchildren of an elderly man who passed away...The book is filled with Goldman's beautiful photographs of Henry and his human family and canine best friend...The book would be a thoughtful gift to any child who has experienced loss and an excellent addition to any counsellor's library." -- Healing Magazine Are you looking for a book to help you, as an adult, connect with a grieving child? If so, you'll want to read this book. The author's words and photographs speak in a way that appeals to children of all ages, as well as adults...The story is reassuring, as children realize they are not alone with the questions and worries they have. -- PATHways Newsletter