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Everett Anderson's goodbye
Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010.
First Owlet paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 1988.

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies.
General Note:
"Reading Rainbow book."

"An Owlet book."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 28783.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 1 Quiz: 03662 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Little Books

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Everett Anderson's Goodbye is a touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father's death. Lucille Clifton captures Everett's conflicting emotions as he confronts this painful reality. We see him struggle through many stages, from denial and anger to depression and, finally, acceptance. In this spare and moving poem, the last in this acclaimed series, Lucille Clifton brings Everett Anderson's life full circle.

Everett Anderson's Goodbye is the winner of the 1984 Coretta Scott King Author Award.

A Reading Rainbow Selection

An NCTE Teachers' Choice

Author Notes

Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York on June 27, 1936. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She attended Howard University, where she majored in drama, for two years before deciding that she would rather write poetry. Her first poetry collection Good Times was published in 1969. During her lifetime, she wrote 11 books of poetry and 20 children's books. She won numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Award for Everett Anderson's Good-bye in 1984, the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 in 2001, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize award in 2007. She was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She died after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses on February 13, 2010 at the age of 73.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. In a short colloquial poem, a boy comes to terms with his father's death, while Grifalconi's charcoal illustrations movingly depict the stages of grief.

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved