Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Review & Giveaway: Good-bye Baby Max by Diane Cantrell and Illustrated by Heather Castles
Mrs. B.'s class excitedly awaits the birth of three baby chicks, but when the special day arrives, one chick, Max, is too weak to break out of his shell. When even a trip to the veterinarian can't save Baby Max, Mrs. B. must teach her class how to say good-bye to their little friend.
Join Mrs. B. and her students as they show children what it's like to lose someone special and how they can cope in this book filled with rhyming verse and rich, colorful illustrations.
This sweet book tells the story of love, loss, and how to cope with death. The children in the story learn about death when one of the chicks they were awaiting to hatch suddenly dies. Their teacher Mrs. B. lets them know that it is okay to grieve a loss and to remember. The children and teacher go so far as to have a funeral in the school yard complete with hand-drawn pictures and flowers for Max.
In the end though the children remember there is also two chicks who are alive and well. The lesson here is that even after death, life still goes on.
Death is a touchy subject, even for me! I think we adults tend to shelter kids when a death occurs. Truth is, we should treat it just like anything else in life...it happens. This book lets the readers understand life and death in a way that kids can understand.
Targeted for 4-8 year old's this book is beautifully written in rhyme with colorful and bold pictures by illustrator, Heather Castles. The book allows for adults and children to read together and discuss the subject at hand. I think the author did such an excellent job at this.
I can see why this book was picked for the Mom's Choice Award and it well deserves the 5 stars I wish to give it.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for my open and honest review. The view expressed here is 100% my own and my differ from yours.
The author is giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers. Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance.
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The giveaway is open to US only. Naila Moon of Once Upon A Time is not responsible for prize shipment.
The author, Diane Cantrell is solely responsible for prize shipment. Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. Giveaway is from Midnight MST Feb. 27th- Midnight MST March 13, 2014.
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