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Everett Anderson's Goodbye Hardcover – August 15, 1983

4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Everett Anderson Series

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From Publishers Weekly

The death of Everett Anderson's father brings to a close this empathetic series of verse stories that express universal heartaches and small moments of hope. A Reading Rainbow selection. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"A simple, poetic telling of Everett Anderson's feelings as he copes with and accepts the fact of his father's death."--Childhood Education

"The poetry expresses simply but powerfully Everett's emotions, as well as his mother's quiet, understanding support...Grifalconi's superb drawings convey as much meaning as Clifton's empathetic lines in a book that is aesthetically satisfying and an effective way of helping children come to terms with loss."--Publishers Weekly

"Simple in concept yet universal in need; one must share this book quietly within and with others."--Language Arts
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030635187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030635182
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,330,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 14, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is absolutely the best book out there for a young child who has lost a parent. Written by Lucille Cliffton in simple rhyme, it goes through the 5 stages of grief. As the last stage of grief is acceptance, it ends with "and no matter what happens when people die, love doesn't stop and neither will I." The illustrations of this young African American boy and his mother are charcoal line drawings ~~ beautifully illustrating the profound loss this child has suffered, affirming the loss and yet reassuring the reader that acceptance and peace will come.
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My 7 son recently lost his father. It took him some time to react and now that he is, its mostly being sad because he misses his father. He hasn't gone through the "stages of grief" as this book does. This book is beautifully written.. isn't very long..is easily understood and the illustrations are beautiful. Perfect for a young child.. It lists the 5 stages of grief and then shows the boy in the book going through the stages. I will hold onto it if/when my own son reaches the stages. In one part of the book the little boy gets "angry" and states things like I don't love you, I don't love my brother, I don't love-whatever and since my son hasn't reached that part, I don't want him to think that's "how you deal" or should deal with death. I'll save this for a little later. Definitely a keeper.
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I read this book the first year I was in the pastorate, some 14 years ago or so. It has been the perfect book to help my younger staff people understand the process of grief. This book has never failed to bring up the emotions of loss which every staff member has suffered. The five stages of grief, is a universal understanding which has helped every adult I have worked with, to understand how they are "normal" in their feelings.

Further, every staff person I have worked with, has bought this book. We use it more for adults, than for children. (Though it is very good for children.) The reason why, is because the verse is very sharp and connects with the soul of people. The adult empathizes with the little boy. This, in turn, connects the adult with the universal nature of grief.

I could spend hours upon hours of counseling grief without this book. With this book, most of my parishoners who have suffered loss, work through the stages with heads up and eyes open... tears and all. All have moved through the stages without fixating very long in any of them.

Lucille Clifton, is simply a genius. Ann Grifalconi (illustrator) brings the genius to Clifton's wise and calming verse with her warm charcoal illustrations. Thank you, ladies.
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Great book for K-3.

Here are some other superb books for children and teens who are grieving for a parent.

Grades K-3
The Scar, Charlotte Moundlic
Missing Mommy, Rebecca Cobb
Goodbye Dad, The Funeral, William Bentrim

K-5
Dear Daddy: When a Parent Dies, Joyce Stath

K-6
Some of the Pieces, Melissa Madenski

1-6
And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing, Amy Rovere

3-8
How It Feels When a Parent Dies, Jill Krementz

4-7
Fourth Grade Wizards, Barthe DeClements

4-8
Our Dad Died, Amy Dennison

5-8
Chicken Boy, Frances O’Roark Dowell

6-8
Miracle’s Boys, Jacqueline Woodson

6-12
You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent, Lynn Hughes
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This is one of my all time favorites. A beautiful, tender book about a small boy going through the five stages of grief. A book that reaches out to you and comforts you.
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I keep buying this book and giving it away. Actually, I use it for adults. For some, it's so much easier to approach grief in childlike terms. This time I used it for myself, in the loss of my granddaughter. I just couldn't find the "grownup" words but little Everrett could articulate me perfectly. Thanks, author Lucille Clifton & illustrator Ann Grifalconi! Even his sensitive facial expressions are spot on.

The binding and condition are as the seller described, and Sarge & the Mrs' General Store in the Middle of Nowhere provided fast shipping. I look forward to more purchases.
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I ordered this book based on the fantastic reviews, but it was not what I expected, and I returned it. I was looking for a book for a young boy (4)who recently lost his father to Leukemia. This book might be good for young children who are very angry and going through the extreme emotions that can happen with a loss like this, but the boy I wanted to give this to is not having such extreme emotions. He is sad, as can be expected, and misses his Dad, but he's not acting out in anger or "mad at the world", as the boy in this book. Maybe this would be better suited to someone who had more of a sudden loss, and isn't coping well emotionally. It just wasn't right for the situation in my case. Overall, I felt it was too negative, and just not the right choice for someone who is already coping with a loss in a healthy way.
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