- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Lamb Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989930904
- ISBN-13: 978-0989930901
- Package Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,537,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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GG and Mamela Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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"simple but emotionally resonant illustrations...a nice, true-to-life touch...The book pairs an ethereal illustration with lyrical text, which truly captures the healing, transporting power of music in this setting. A welcome addition to children's literature about death and dying."
About the Author
A writer, editor and former teacher, Belinda Brock was inspired to write this story by her personal experience.
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This story gives children the sense of belonging in a multi-generational family. It also teaches the value of elderly people and touches on the topic of death.
This story is especially heart-warming for me, because my daughter who is six got to meet my grandmother who is nearly eighty-six last summer. They played Uno and watched children's movies together. It was really sweet watching the relationship grow between them. Unfortunately, we live far away, so Amanda hasn't seen her since. I got a bit tearful at the end of the story, knowing that my grandmother will also one day pass away.
Amanda got excited when she saw that there was a recipe at the end of the story. She pointed to all the items that she recognized and asked me the other ones. I had to promise her that we would make it one day soon.
P.S. Amanda and I made the delicious chicken soup and you can see the step-by-step photos on my blog under "GG's Chicken Soup Recipe."
Posted on Amanda's Books and More (2014)
I received a digital copy of this book for my honest review.
As the story unfolds, Lilly's parents begin to explain that GG is nearing the end of her life, and she needs to go to a new place to live called a Hospice. Lilly doesn't really understand, and she insists on visiting GG in the Hospice. GG grows tired with each new day, until one day Lilly's parent's tell her it is time to say goodbye to GG. The little girl kisses her GG goodbye and tells her she loves her with all her heart.
I can barely keep from sobbing as I write this review. This was such a moving story, done so sensitively and the illustrations bring to life GG and Mamela's special relationship. I really appreciated the way the author approached the topic of death and dying, and Lilly's reactions were so believable and real. At the conclusion of the story there is a delightful chicken soup recipe to engage the reader even further.
The foreword by Dr Laura Brock, gives the parent reader much to think about when approaching this topic with little ones. This book would make a wonderful addition to any home book shelf, as well as school classrooms to help young children learn the reality of the circle of life that will confront us all one day.
Note, I gained a copy of this book for a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
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