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What is Goodbye? by Nikki Grimes
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What is Goodbye?

by Nikki Grimes

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Middle School teachers could also use this book to teach students how to cope with emotions by reading and writing poetry in addition to asking students to compare and contrast the two voices in the poems (CCSS RL 3.6). Yet, teachers will want to be careful about using this text offhandedly since it grapples with death and grief. It may trigger some similar feelings within their students. ( )
  CJFisher | Jul 13, 2015 |
This series of poems follows the inner thoughts of Jesse and Jerilyn, a brother and sister who lost their older brother in an accident. The year after their brother's death showed the angry/rebellious side of Jesse and the strong/caretaking side of Jerilyn.
  AshleyWheeler | May 29, 2013 |
A book written in the view of two siblings who have lost their older brother. They each cope in a different way. ( )
  Olisia | Nov 4, 2008 |
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Jerilyn and Jesse have lost their beloved older brother. But each of them deals with Jaron's death differently. Jerilyn tries to keep it in and hold it together; Jesse acts out. But after a year of anger, pain, and guilt, they come to understand that it's time to move on. It's time for a new family picture-with one piece missing, yet whole again. Through the alternating voices of a brother and sister, Nikki Grimes eloquently portrays the grieving process in this gem of a book that is honest, powerful, and ultimately hopeful. Nikki Grimes is the distinguished author of more than two-dozen children's books. She received the 2003 Coretta Scott King Award for her novel Bronx Masquerade and a 2003 Coretta Scott King Honor citation for Talkin' About Bessie. Many of her books have been cited as Notable Books by the American Library Association, including Come Sunday, a picture book in verse; Something on My Mind; and Meet Danitra Brown, which also won a Coretta Scott King Honor. She lives in southern California.

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Alternating poems by a brother and sister convey their feelings about the death of their older brother and the impact it had on their family.

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