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Parents' Primer: Death


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J NAPOL Napoli, Donna Jo The Bravest Thing
When her pet rabbit's newborn babies die, her doctor tells her that she may have scoliosis, and her aunt is diagnosed with cancer, ten-year-old Laurel feels constantly reminded of the mortality of all living things.
J PARKE Parker, Marjorie Jasper's Day
Riley knows they can't let their dog Jasper suffer any longer, but letting go will be the hardest thing he's ever had to do.
J WILSO Wilson, Wayne L. Kate, the Ghost Dog : Coping with the Death of a Pet
With the help of her family and friends, Aleta tries to cope with the death of her beloved dog, Kate.
J155.9 Johnston, Marie Let's Talk About When Your Pet Dies
Describes the feelings that you might have when your pet dies and discusses how to cope with these feelings.
J155.937 LOEWE Loewen, Nancy Good-bye, Jeepers: What to Expect When Your Pet Dies
When a pet dies, it can feel like you lost your best friend. What do you do? Whether you had a guinea pig, dog, cat, or fish, this story can help you through the tough times.
J155.937 MOORE Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer I Remember
Helps children deal with grief by showing how a young boy explores his feelings about loss and sadness after the death of his pet.
J155.937 MOREH Morehead, Debby A Special Place for Charlee:
Floppy-eared Charlee (feminine for Charlie) was already part of the family when narrator Mark was born. Boy and pup grew up together and were best friends and playmates. Years later, when Charlee needed to be euthanized because of heart failure, the entire family mourned the dog's death.
J155.937 ROGER, 1998 Rogers, Fred When a Pet Dies
Explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness that a youngster may feel when a pet dies.
J155.937 Dalpra-Berman, Gina Remembering Pets: A Book for Children Who Have Lost a Special Friend
A young girl remembers her pet bird, the special things they did together, and how she might in time like a new pet.
JE ADOFF Adoff, Arnold The Return of Rex and Ethel
Two girls who share many wonderful times with their beloved dogs, Rex and Ethel, find a special way to remember them when they die.
JE BALTE Balter, Lawrence A Funeral for Whiskers: Understanding Death
Sandy is very sad and upset when her cat Whiskers dies, but her parents help her understand and accept the loss.
JE BECK Beck, Carolyn Dog Breath
A comfy dog bed, a red rubber ball, a favourite bone: a collection of images left behind stirs up memories, both poignant and humorous, of a child's best friend.
JE BEREN Berenstain, Stan The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend
Sister Bear loves taking care of her pet goldfish, Goldie. But when Papa and Mama find Goldie floating belly-up in her tank, they worry about how Sister will feel.
JE BOSTR Bostrom, Kathleen Long The Day Scooter Died: A Book about the Death of a Pet
Mikey feels responsible for his dog Scooter's accidental death, but his parents remind him that the dog loved him best of all and they can still love each other, although Scooter is now with God.
JE BURLE Burleigh, Robert Good-bye, Sheepie
A father teaches his young son about death and remembrance as he buries their beloved dog.
JE CARRI Carrick, Carol The Accident
After his dog is hit by a truck and killed, Christopher must deal with his own feelings of depression and guilt.
JE CHICH Chichester Clark, Emma Up in Heaven
Arthur's dog Daisy is very old, and one night, after going to sleep as usual, she wakes up in heaven. Because Daisy knows that Arthur is sad, she finds a way to let him know she is very happy, the first step toward making him happy again, too.
JE DEMAS Demas, Corinne Saying Goodbye to Lulu
When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life.
JE DISAL DiSalvo-Ryan, DyAnne A Dog Like Jack
After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog comes to the end of his days.
JE FONTA Fontaine, Anne Ocho Loved Flowers
Ocho was a busy cat. He was Annie's best friend, and he loved flowers! Annie's love for Ocho helped her learn to care for a time when it mattered most. -- back cover.
JE HARRI Harris, Robie H. Goodbye, Mousie
A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
JE HILL Hill, Frances The Bug Cemetery
A bug is one thing, but how do you mourn a special friend? With warmth and sensitivity, this subtle picture book explores the difficult emotions associated with losing a loved one.
JE KELLE Keller, Holly Goodbye, Max
Ben blames his parents for the death of his dog, Max, and does not want the new puppy they brought home.
JE NEWMA Newman, Leslea The Best Cat in the World
A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.
JE PARTR Partridge, Elizabeth Big Cat Pepper
Big Cat Pepper has always been part of the family, but after he grows very old and dies, the boy who loves him comes to understand his mother's reassurance that "his spirit is forever and can fly, fly, fly."
JE ROHMA Rohmann, Eric Bone Dog
Ghost dogs and skeletons in a tall tale with a tender heart from the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of My Friend Rabbit. Sam doesn't feel like doing much after his dog Ella dies. He doesn't really even feel like dressing up for Halloween. But when Sam runs into a bunch of rowdy skeletons, it's Ella--his very own Bone dog--who comes to his aid, and together they put those skeletons in their place. A book about friendship, loss, and a delightfully spooky Halloween.
JE RYLAN Rylant, Cynthia Cat Heaven
God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears.
JE SCHNE Schneider, Antonie Good-Bye, Vivi!
When Granny's beloved canary Vivi dies, the family comes to accept it, as well as the idea that some day they will lose Granny as well.
JE SCHUT Schutt, Carl J. Remembering Oakley
JE SMITH Smith, Maggie Desser, the Best Ever Cat
A child describes how Desser (Dexter) the cat had always been part of the family and how much he was loved even after he died.
JE VELTH Velthuijs, Max Frog and the Birdsong
After carefully burying a dead blackbird, Frog and his friends realize that though life ends it is still wonderful to be alive.
JE VIORS Viorst, Judith The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat.
JE WALLA Wallace-Brodeur, Ruth Goodbye, Mitch
A young boy describes how he feels when the family cat dies.
JE WILD Wild, Margaret Harry & Hopper
One day when Harry comes home from school, his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him, in a touching story about the process of healing after losing a beloved pet.
JE WILD Wild, Margaret Toby
When Toby the dog gets old and sick and finally dies, the children who love him express their love in different ways.
JE YOLEN Yolen, Jane The Day Tiger Rose Said Good-bye
A cat whose kitten days are far behind her says goodbye to her human family, and the animals and places that have made her life special, before leaving this life behind.
JER OCONN O'Connor, Jane Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School
Nancy, who likes to use fancy words, decides to make an homage to her little sister's pet goldfish as her project for the 100th day of school.

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