From School Library Journal
Grade 3-7-When Amy and Allie were eight and David was four, their father died unexpectedly in his sleep. For the next two years, with their mother's help and encouragement, they kept journals about their reactions to their loss. The chapters are organized chronologically from the time they learned the news through their return to school and other activities. As time passed, the intervals between entries lengthened. At the end of each chapter, the children provide additional thoughts, as they look back five years later. Their love for their father and the closeness they continue to feel to him shine through the pages. Topics such as dealing with relatives and friends, visiting the cemetery, and having their mom date are incorporated into their observations. Their direct and honest comments reveal their own processes of grieving and their interactions with adults who are trying to help them while coping with the loss themselves. As such, the book is a valuable resource not only for children who have lost a parent but also for the adults who interact with them. Jill Krementz's How It Feels When a Parent Dies (Knopf, 1981) offers perspectives of 18 different children and young adults who each share their thoughts in a few pages; the Dennisons' reflections over time provide a different and complementary approach.Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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From the Publisher
"Our Dad Died" has been selected by the New York Public Library for the Books for the Teen Age 2004 list.