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Summary: Anna and Joey learn of their grandfather’s passing one morning. The children and adults deal with their grief in very different, yet equally effective ways. Anna gets an idea to write down all the things she would love to have done with her Poppy one more time. This is a picture book to help children understand death.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Not offered by this reviewer.
Young Reader Reaction: Not offered by this reviewer.
Adult Reader Reaction: Both the mother’s and children’s perspective are well represented in the story, making the book great for all ages. I even cried at the beauty and simplicity of the children’s idea. I found the book delightful because, for me, it really isn't about death. It is about the celebration of a human being and his relationships, as well as about the things that are possible with such a strong connection. That's what makes it compelling. It doesn't blow sunshine into a vacuous hole. It reminds us of the things we wish for, and the things worth remembering.
Pros: The loss of a loved one is a hard experience for a person of any age. Wishes for One More Day helps young and old alike grapple with the loss of a loved one in a powerful and touching way.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a compelling book with insight and value for all ages.