Despite a sudden tonal shift at the halfway mark, this heartfelt tale offers thoughtful, conversation-promoting guidance for...




In this debut picture book, a couple’s adoption of a rescue dog brings comfort after the death of a family member.

Reflecting Wynkoop’s own healing process after her daughter’s death as well as her professional background as a bereavement counselor, art therapist, and hospital care coordinator, this worthwhile tale is sensitively constructed for children (and adults) who may be dealing with loss. The work’s story component, with the author as the third-person central character, Marian, is simply told in short sentences that are hand-lettered in black pencil on white pages with colorful watercolor accents and unpolished but charming drawings of dogs. Wynkoop then speaks directly to readers on each page, asking questions related to a theme suggested by the tale. When Marian daydreams, for instance, the author asks readers what they daydream about. Boxed text at the bottom of each page further expands the theme. Children may need reassurance, however, when they learn that it was Marian’s adult daughter (co-author DeVasto) who died. When little dog Clay comes into Marian’s life, the story’s abrupt shift in focus to pet rescue, fostering, and adoption could be another book entirely, if not for the gentle, reflective questions for kids that continue on each page.

Despite a sudden tonal shift at the halfway mark, this heartfelt tale offers thoughtful, conversation-promoting guidance for children coping with loss.

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-941876-00-8

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Podengo Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2018

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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