GOOD-BYE, VIVI! by Antonie Schneider

GOOD-BYE, VIVI!

by , translated by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

An extremely gentle look at aging and death. When Grandmother moves into Molly and Will’s house, she brings along Vivi, a lively canary who starts out as the glue in their relationship. Along with Grandmother, the children marvel at the bird’s charm day after day until elderly Vivi passes away. Grandmother teaches the children how to cope, going through rituals and explaining that memories can keep loved ones alive. When Grandmother doesn’t awake from her sleep one morning, Will and Molly face a bigger loss, but are somewhat consoled by a poignant surprise: Grandmother had left them a memory book full of pictures and stories of their shared moments with Vivi. Although the text (translated from the German) is a bit clunky, and the theme well-trodden, readers will find Granny’s offering heartwarming, and the illustrations soft and inviting. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 1-55858-985-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1998




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