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SAYING GOODBYE TO LULU by Corinne Demas

SAYING GOODBYE TO LULU

By Corinne Demas (Author) , Ard Hoyt (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: June 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-316-70278-1
Publisher: Little, Brown

Lulu is a black-and-white, elderly dog who is adored by the unnamed narrator of this gracefully told story of love and loss. The little girl who tells the story knows that Lulu is old and unwell; even though she helps care for Lulu and sees the dog’s decline, she doesn’t want to face what is coming. The dog’s death and the child’s anger, sadness, and eventual acceptance are handled sensitively and in terms appropriate for children just learning about death, always underscored with gentle, realistic support from the girl’s quietly understanding parents. The story concludes several months later with the little girl picking out a new puppy and realizing that she can start to love another dog. Hoyt’s perceptive illustrations in watercolor with colored pencil and ink help create convincing personalities for both Lulu and the little girl and add a timeless, cozy quality that contributes to the story’s reassuring tone. (Picture book. 3-7)