IS GRANDPA WEARING A SUIT? by Amelie Fried

IS GRANDPA WEARING A SUIT?

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Along with tracking a small child’s responses to his beloved grandfather’s death, this import offers grown-ups some insight into what does, and does not, make sense about such losses to younger family members. His scarlet hair and jacket providing a visual focus in the scraped sepia illustrations, little Bruno is the picture of confusion. First, though he’s told that Grandpa has left, he is obviously right there, better dressed than usual but “only sleeping” in his coffin. Then Bruno is disturbed to see his dad crying at the graveside, especially since later on the adults sit around a table drinking beer and telling funny Grandpa stories. Getting different answers to his question, “Where is Grandpa now?” doesn’t help, nor does his mother’s attempt to explain about Grandpa’s soul. Over time, Bruno’s struggles to understand bring anger, tears and a worry that there might not be enough room in Heaven for his own soul. In time, however, he also “feels the hole in his heart slowly closing up,” and decides that if Grandpa’s happy, wherever he is, there’s no reason to be sad. With closure provided by the arrival of a newly born cousin, this treats Bruno’s feelings with respect while sensitively offering some direction for children in similar circumstances. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9787-5504-1
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Heryin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007




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