From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–In the first half of this saccharine story, readers meet a lovable but mischievous dog as she is adopted, grows up, and dies. The story is told in four-line stanzas of blank verse, spending several pages on Spirit's small quirks, such as chewing household items and stealing food from the table. Her death is dealt with on a single page, which includes the memorable line, "After she died we cried and cried." The second half of the book consists of philosophical questions about whether dogs have souls and lists idealized canine attributes that humans should emulate ("She didn't know how to hold a grudge/unlike some people that we know/People have so many flaws/The same cannot be said of dogs."). The flat, amateurish illustrations do not make up for the clunky verse. For books on dealing with the loss of a pet, choose instead Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (S & S/Atheneum, 1971), Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (Scholastic/Blue Sky, 1995), or Corrine Demas's Saying Goodbye to Lulu (Little, Brown, 2004)«Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
As a children's grief counselor, I would recommend this book to all parents in any of life's difficult challenges. It will surely help teach about life, love and the loss of someone special. --Sharami Kerr, Ph.D Healing Hearts Program Coordinator United Hospice of Rockland
Through cleverly designed illustrations and poetic verse, Still Her Spirit Sings gently portrays the life and legacy of Spirit, an energetic, loyal, and even sometimes mischievous dog who is incorporated into a loving family, develops an agreeable personality then unexpectedly dies. Tenderly written with rhyme and beauty. Finely illustrated with careful detail. This book provides children and parents alike a great opportunity to reflect and invoke thought on a collection of life s many great lessons, specifically those of love, loss and remembrance. A treasured read for anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a pet. --Jennifer Herbstritt, author of Leaving Virginia: A Bike Ride across America in Memory of Jeremy