FICTION

Remembering Ethan

Magination Press. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781433831133.
COPY ISBN
K-Gr 2–Sarah misses her older brother Ethan, who has passed away. When she attempts to express her feelings of sadness to her parents, they are distant and unable to communicate with her. Releasing her feelings on paper, she honors Ethan’s memory by drawing a picture of the two of them together. This is just the thing she needed to get her parents to open up about their own grief and begin to grieve together as a family. Broaching a difficult but important topic, this heartbreaking story takes on a family’s loss in a delicate and relatable way. Sarah and her parents offer young readers and their families an avenue to discuss their own possible difficulties with death. Ultimately, the work encourages communication and connection in desperate times. Further, the book includes a note from Dr. Elizabeth McCallum, a school psychologist, with information on how to support a child experiencing grief.
VERDICT This is an important work on mental health, for any collection aimed at early childhood audiences.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

Community matters. Stay up to date on breaking news, trends, reviews, and more.

Get access to 6000+ annual reviews of books, databases, and more

As low as $12/month