- File Size: 85 KB
- Print Length: 9 pages
- Publisher: Maranda Russell; 1 edition (August 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JQBIII
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,835,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #594 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Death & Dying
- #1526 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
- #2105 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Death & Dying
In Memory of Dad (Literary Classics International Book Awards winner) Kindle Edition
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Russell has also written two children's picture books and contributed to Weres in the City.I would definitely check out her other books.
Bottom line, this is a wonderfully sweet story. You feel so much for Kaley, as well as her mother and her friends. Also, this is a great book to pass along to someone who is suffering from a loss. The author shares with the reader her own experience with loss at a young age, and how to cope with such grief. I highly recommend anyone share this story with someone who is trying to find the way to cope.
This story, beautifully written, expresses what happens when a child loses a parent. Their needs are often not recognized or addressed, leaving the child sad and afraid, sometimes for years. This book will help children and the adults who love them to feel comforted as they mourn and begin to heal.
A Child's Grief: Surviving the Death of a Parent
Submitted by Judy Strong
The story is about Kaley Jergins, a fourth grader, who has a special relationship with her father, they both share a passion for playing basketball. Kaley's dad Kyle, used to play basketball when he was in school, and Kaley dreamed of following in his footsteps. One cold January night, Kaley's father suffered a fatal heart attack. Nothing would ever be the same again in her life! She tried to go on with her life, but everything reminded her of her dad. She started skipping basketball practices and games, and after a month went by she officially quit the team. She really missed playing ball and her teammates, but without her dad there to cheer her on, she just couldn't do it anymore, it had always been "their" thing. She felt empty and alone, she kept to herself at school, wishing there was a way she could still be on the team and be around her friends, but without her dad to share it with, it just didn't feel right. She wished she could go back in time to when everything in her life was fine. It took Drea, a friend and captain of the basketball team and her teammates, to show Kaley that she isn't alone, and that she could go forward with her life and still have the memory of her dad in her heart.
The author wrote a beautifully heartfelt story based loosely on her own real experience of losing her dad at the age of twelve. This story was written from her heart, and she so eloquently expresses her message and lesson that through dealing with loss and grief, your life will go on, and that your loved one will always be in your heart. Her message is so easily expressed, that young children will be able to understand and learn from it. She reinforces her message in a very thoughtful and educational way in an Author's Note at the end of the book.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
Disclaimer: At the request of the author, a Kindle e-book edition of this book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review.
In Memory of Dad is a short but sweet tale of love and loss in a beautiful way. Maranda unfortunately went through the loss of her dad at a very young age and finds relief in helping others know they are not alone in their loss.
This story is suitable for all ages and both boys and girls. Its main character, Kaley, suffers the dramatic loss of her father at a young age and her love for her father is expressed fondly through her love of basketball.
Easily and quickly read this story is for anyone who has lost a pet, family member or friend to moving or passing. It helps its readers realize that they are not alone in the loss of a great person and good can come of maintaining normalcy in your own life. Kaley's, and Maranda's fathers would be proud at the outcome.
A terrific buy at only $0.99 for the ebook!
Thanks for reading,
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