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Bear's Last Journey Hardcover – March 1, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 2-This gentle picture book succeeds in articulating the sense of loss and confusion that children may feel when a loved one dies. Weigelt's sensitive, straightforward text begins with the gathering of animals in response to the news that "Bear is sick!" As the hare, fox, fawn, and rabbit approach his den, they are cautioned by Badger to be quiet because "Bear needs to rest." Fox is the curious, childlike one. He wonders what is going on, asks Bear where he is going on the "journey" he speaks of, and refuses to believe that his friend is going to die. Frustrated and confused, the little fox seeks out the elderly animal again and they have a discussion about what might happen after death. When Bear dies the next day, the animals gather to close up his home and decorate it with flowers. Fox initially rejects the idea of taking any of Bear's belongings to remember him by, but relents and accepts a token at Badger's urging. Kadmon's paintings, done primarily in shades of blue, green, and brown, evoke the woodland setting and the characters' varying emotions. This thoughtful book would be a good discussion starter and may reassure children that their reactions to events in their own lives are normal and natural.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735817995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735817999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,198,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When given the news that my father-in-law was going to pass away, I called the library and requested any books they might have to assist me with addressing the very sad but real issue of death with my 2 young children. This book was one of the many in the stack they put aside for me. That night, my husband and I read this story to our children and not only did it help us to explain the situation to our children but it helped us to begin our grieving process as well. Since the passing of my father-in-law, I have ordered a book for each of my children to keep as a keepsake - in memory of their grandfather. This is a wonderful story - an excellent resource to have on hand or gift to give someone that has children that are in the midst of losing someone or have lost someone.
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This poignant story of a young fox and his old friend, the bear, will help not only children, but also adults, in coping with the death of an elderly relative. Miraculously, the story is put forward in a deft manner that would comfort both people of faith as well as those who are less embracing of traditional religion.
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I used this book with my own 5 and 2 year old when my mom died, and have sent it as a gift and recommended it several times to other families since then; would be useful I'd say to kids even as old as 10. Also would be useful in a family facing a terminal illness. Lovely gentle story, doesn't contradict any particular religious beliefs that I could see, but leads into further discussions. Highly recommended.
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