Remembering Ethan

Magination Press. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781433831133.
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.

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