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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761455981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761455981
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.7 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Burleigh tackles a tough subject in this story of a boy whose dog dies of old age. Death comes with no trauma, just a slow decline as Sheepie runs out of energy and stamina. Owen eventually finds him lying motionless under a tree and realizes that he has lost his friend. The tearful child and his father put the animal carefully into a wagon and, with great sorrow, bury him. As they do so, they recall many of the fun times they had with Sheepie. Burleigh fuses the story with the obvious sadness but with the hope that Sheepie will always be part of their lives. Catalanotto's watercolor and gouache illustrations provide the soft edges that keep this story poignant yet real. Losing a pet is, in some ways, a rehearsal for other losses, and this book may well help children cope when such things occur. Team it with Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (S & S, 1971) for helping children begin to understand the realities of death.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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The author of Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City (2009) deals here with a pet’s death. Owen and his dog, Sheepie, are best friends, sharing walks, playtime, and a bed. Although he knows Sheepie is slowing down as he ages, Owen is still upset to find the sheepdog unresponsive under an oak tree. Luckily, Dad is nearby to help with a riverside burial and to encourage Owen to remember the good times the two have shared. Catalanotto’s gentle watercolor-and-gouache paintings give off a yellow glow suggestive of warm sunshine on an autumn day, and are well suited to Burleigh’s quiet text. Although death is never mentioned—nor is afterlife discussed—readers will comprehend Sheepie’s demise and accept the sensitively handled depiction of his burial. A thoughtful choice for one-on-one sharing, this should spark discussions about death and funeral customs. Pair with Corrine Demas’ Saying Goodbye to Lulu (2004), which addresses grieving as well as death. Grades K-2. --Kay Weisman

More About the Author

Over the past 35 years, I have published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 40 children's picture books.

Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. I've published books for children since the early 1990s. My books - including numerous unpublished ones! - run a broad gamut, from stories geared for pre-schoolers to survival stories and biographies aimed at seven to eleven-year-olds. My work is wide-ranging because, basically, I'm a generalist by experience - and inclination!

In addition to writing, I paint regularly under the art name Burleigh Kronquist and have shown work in one-person and group shows in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere around the country.

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The illustrations are beautiful.
CGScammell
Father and son have a ceremony for him and share memories and hugs, something that is very important for children.
D. Fowler
Goodbye, Sheepie is a very moving picture book for children about death of a pet.
Lynn Ellingwood

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Owen was pulling Sheepie around the yard in his little red wagon. They were best friends ever, even if one of them was a dog and the other was a boy. If dogs could smile, when Owen pulled him around in that wagon there was one on his face. They were so close, they "even slept together at night," but something was changing. Sheepie was getting older and just couldn't seem to manage to do lots of the things they had done before. Even a stick didn't seem to interest him and he "was sleeping more and more." Smiles and wags were few and far between.

One day Owen found Sheepie lying very still under a huge oak tree. The little red wagon was standing by as if to say, "come, for a ride with us, Sheepie," but their friend "lay very still." Owen quickly went to get his dad and they both stood quietly looking at Sheepie when his dad said, "Poor Sheepie. He was hurting. We knew he couldn't live forever." They held hands tightly and the tears began to fall. Owen would be going for one last ride in the little red wagon. They were going to bury him at the river's edge. They began to talk about the memories as the "shovel went swoosh in the dirt." Oh, and the memories were such good ones . . .

This heartwarming, yet heartbreaking story of a boy's dog that has passed over the Rainbow Bridge will comfort children who have lost a pet. It's very difficult for anyone to lose a pet, but sometimes even more so for a child who doesn't understand why their "best friend" will not be coming back. The manner in which this topic was handled was sensitive and comforting. The art work captures the heartbreak, but also the love Owen had for Sheepie. Father and son have a ceremony for him and share memories and hugs, something that is very important for children. This is an excellent book to consider in order to help a child who is grieving the loss of a pet or experiencing anticipatory grief when there is an older pet in the family who is failing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on July 19, 2010
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This is an important read for any child who has had to say goodbye to a pet. It is very beautifully written. As an elementary school counselor, I see many of our students lose family pets and it is very upsetting for them. They are grieving. I have quite a few books on the loss of a pet for this very reason. One of the things I notice in children is the confusion they feel. Explaining the grieving cycle to students is SO important. Books on pet loss can be helpful to kids experiencing grief. I look for stories that have characters students can relate to. Good-bye Sheepie is just that story. It's extremely healing. I allow children to read this book alone or with me. The illustrations are also so warm and speak so beautifully of Owen's love for Sheepie. Kids want to talk about their grief and they need adults to help them with their closure while remembering to cherish the memories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2010
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Goodbye Sheepie does an excellent job of dealing with a tough subject; the death of a pet. In very little text, the author is able to show the deep love that existed between the boy and his dog, the boys grief, and the fathers supportive love and understanding as the boy says his goodbye. I thought it was very interesting that the word death is never used here. No form of afterlife is mentioned and no religious beliefs are referenced. I feel that this is the real gift that this book offers. It's a discussion starter between parents and kids, and is a jumping off point that the parent can use to then continue with whatever beliefs the family holds.

The illustrations convey alot of the emotion in this book. I think this is probably the best picture book out there dealing with this subject. Any small child and their parents who are coping with the death of a pet will find comfort here. A big recommend when needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penguin Chick VINE VOICE on November 8, 2013
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I'll start by saying- wow.. I should have seen what this book was about before I started to read it to my niece. Right away I realized what it was and decided to use it as a teaching moment since we have some aging dogs in our family. The pictures are beautiful and the text really well done, the book handles the grief process very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
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Owen loves his dog Sheepie. But age encroaches and Sheepie passes away under a tree. As Owen mourns the loss of his dear friend, his father provides him comfort and guidance. This heart breaking story is told with gentle prose and through soft, warm illustrations. It is sad but beautiful. I was glad to see a strong, compassionate father who did not flinch at his son's tears. He makes it clear that the best way to mourn Sheepie's death is by celebrating his life. A poignant look at a difficult subject. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez VINE VOICE on October 25, 2013
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Have your tissues ready for this one-it's all about saying Good-bye to the beloved family dog. The pictures are exquisite-so detailed and beautiful. The story itself is great for young children, if you need to explain the idea of a pet's death. It's sensitive, simple, but also very truthful about death and saying goodbye. I had to read this a few times by myself before I read it to my kiddos b/c it is very touching and made me cry. Overall, this is a very good tool if you need to explain death to your child, or want a touching sentimental story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By iiiiReader VINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
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"Good-bye, Sheepie" is the story of a young boy's loss of his aged dog. It tells the story in a sensitive manner and certainly left a tear in my eye. My grandson has aged cats and I think this will be a good book to read to him both before and after they pass. Losing a pet is a tremendously difficult event in a child's life and I think this book will help in the grieving period. The illustrations are well done and capture both the love and the loss of the pet. Excellent book for its purpose.
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