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by Malika Doray & illustrated by Malika Doray & translated by Suzanne Freeman

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-06-029589-9
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Wednesday is the day the young narrator of this story visits his beloved Granny, who is sometimes grumpy, but more often, loving and fun. One day, his visit is canceled. Granny is in the hospital and then she dies. Not understanding the concept of death, he asks his Mama, “Did this mean that my granny was gone forever?” Mama says that some people believe that when you die your spirit comes back in a new form, “As a new baby, or maybe as a bird or a bee or even a tree.” Mama knows that Granny will always be here “because you love her so much.” With this comforting, but not universally accepted, thought, the narrator accepts his loss. Opposite each page of the spare and childlike text, black brush line and marker drawings capture the mood of the story. Doray, in this debut, chose what might be a rabbit family to tell the tale. With few strokes, very little detail, and the spare use of a bit of one color in each framed drawing, the quirky human-looking animals create arresting images. The pet dog, the only animal-like figure in the story, has ears that seem to be a cross between a dog’s and a rabbit’s. Human-like curves of the family’s bodies show them lovingly interacting with each other. Granny’s figure is somewhat amusing when seen from the rear with her apron tied around her tail, or front face wearing half-glasses attached between her ears with what looks like a string. A good, unusually frank discussion starter about loss for the very young. (Picture book. 3-5)