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Good-bye, Vivi!
Schneider, Antonie.
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Leb wohl, Chaja! English
Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, 1998.
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25 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
When Granny's beloved canary Vivi dies, the family comes to accept it, as well as the idea that some day they will lose Granny as well.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 34507.

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When Granny comes to live with Molly and Will, she brings her canary, Vivi. Vivi's cage stands on a sunny windowsill, and the cheerful little bird soon becomes a cherished member of the family.

Then Vivi gets sick and dies. Granny helps the children come to terms with their loss by showing them that their memories of Vivi can keep the bird singing in their hearts. Later, when Granny herself dies, her wise words -- and the special gift she leaves them -- help Molly and Will deal with their grief and find solace in their loving memories of Granny.

Antonie Schneider has written a hopeful, helpful story about loss and recovery.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Molly and Will's grandmother comes to live with them and brings along her beloved pet canary, Vivi. After sharing many happy times with the family, the bird gets sick and dies. Granny assures the children that they can remember Vivi by looking at pictures and reminiscing about Vivi's life. Granny's wise advice helps the children recover from their loss, but this sad event foreshadows the death of Granny. Again, the children look at photographs, share stories about their times together, and gain an understanding about their second loss. This poignant story about death is told in a sensitive and positive manner avoiding maudlin pitfalls. The illustrations, painted in soft, warm colors, visually complement the lyrical narrative. A reassuring story that will be useful to share with children who are experiencing the death of a loved one. --April Judge

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-When Granny comes to live with her grandchildren, she brings Vivi, her canary, with her. Vivi dies, then Granny dies, and everyone learns to deal with death. The bland text fails to move readers because it tells too much and yet fails to develop characters that children will care about. The sweet watercolor illustrations do little to enliven the narrative, and it is more than a little disconcerting to see the dead body of the grandmother in her bed. Also, most children will point out immediately that the canary is actually a parakeet. Buy extra copies of Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing about Barney (Aladdin, 1987) to help children accept the inevitability of death.-Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.