Cover image for The goodbye book
Title:
The goodbye book
Author:
Parr, Todd, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Illustrations and brief text relate how a person might feel when they lose someone they love.
General Note:
"Megan Tingley Books."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316404976
Format :
Book

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From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.
Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments.


Author Notes

Todd Parr was born on July 9, 1962. In 1995 he moved to San Francisco, California where he pursued a career as an artist. After being rejected by many galleries, he showed his artwork at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Postrio. This exhibit led to him creating merchandise for Macy's and his own children's clothing line.

He is the author and illustrator of over 30 children's books which contain simple messages about acceptance, difference, and empowerment including The Thankful Book. In 2005 the preschool television show he created, ToddWorld, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

While a bright orange goldfish mourns the loss of his green fishy companion, Parr offers gentle advice to little ones about what happens when we have to say good-bye. On boldly illustrated pages featuring bright colors and naive-style figures with thick black outlines, the fish experiences a wide range of emotions. You might be very sad accompanies an image of the fish crying. Things might not seem fun anymore hovers above the orange fish ignoring a cheery birthday party. Each description of a feeling is paired with an illustration of the fish unmistakably experiencing that emotion, which nicely affirms that there are lots of ways to feel about losing someone, and they are all OK. Parr also addresses healing from grief, writing, eventually you'll start feeling better, and you might even feel like drawing a picture, ending on a hopeful note encouraging readers to remember all the happy times. The bright, cheerful colors and warm message lighten a serious topic and offer kids helpful tools for dealing with difficult feelings. An approachable, age-appropriate guide to grieving.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

With this deceptively simple look at coping with loss, featuring a fish in a fishbowl whose companion disappears, Parr adds to the list of universal issues he has explored, including family, thankfulness, love, the environment, and peace. Parr speaks to children in their own language, pairing easily interpreted pictures with empathic text that leaves ample room for interpretation and personalization-this is a book that could easily be used as a lead-in to discussions about death, a family move, or less dramatic separations. Acknowledging that "It's hard to say goodbye to someone," the direct and supportive narrative traces the fish's initial reactions to the other fish's disappearance (including sadness, anger, confusion, and denial), which give way to a gradual recovery as time passes ("You'll remember all the fun you had"). The reassuring message that "there will always be someone to love you and hold you tight," reinforced by a picture of a boy holding the fishbowl, drives home the idea that, while goodbyes are often difficult, they aren't insurmountable. Ages 3-6. Agent: Liz Stahler, Suppertime Entertainment. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This picture book shows young children that even when goodbyes bring sadness and unfamiliar emotions, those feelings will ease with the help of time, remembrance, and support. The Goodbye Book addresses the range of emotions someone might feel after a loss, including anger, sadness, lack of joy, and denial, as well as the desire to stop eating or sleeping. Parr explains that even when a person starts to feel better, there could be moments of grief or confusion, but at the end of the day, another person will always be available to provide love and comfort. The colorful illustrations, in an naive, childlike style and outlined in black, feature a goldfish that experiences the emotions discussed throughout the book. Young readers can infer what the goldfish is feeling by looking at the picture, and the imaginative representation gives the book a soothing tone. The Goodbye Book never specifies what the exact scenario is, making it an appropriate choice whether a child is dealing with death or another difficult situation. VERDICT An honest but gentle look at the grief that comes with saying goodbye. An essential purchase for all early childhood collections.-Liz Anderson, D.C. Public Library © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.