By Caroline Baggaley
Explaining death to a child is always difficult, especially when the adults are grieving and are at a loss for words. When my sister died, I had some tough questions to answer from my own young boys: Where is aunty Eva? When is she coming over? And the most brutal: But I want to go see her! I muddled through the explanations the best way I could, and then I wrote my boys this story.
In A Sparrow’s Sad Song, a very special family member is lost through an unexpected illness. Once you enter the world of the Kolanaville Forest, you will get to know these furry friends. You will feel their hearts break with sadness, but more importantly, you will feel the triumphant glow of love, the happiness, joy and renewed hope. Baba Bear, Queen of the Koalas, teaches that love never dies, even though the physical shell does.
I can relate to the story because of my family’s lose of my older sister Tina in 2005.
However, this author did an awesome job on the illustrations as well. It fits the story with a breathe of fresh air. The story was sad and delightful at the same time. The reader was able to relate and at the same time take advice on how to cope with death! And how to address the issue with small children. The words usage was clear and clever!
What an awesome, excellent and talented piece of work. Thank you for this helpful guide on coping with death for children. A must read! A must have in your library!