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Life Is Like the Wind (A Big Hug)

by Shona Innes

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Really like how the author compares life to the wind. A nicely developmentally appropriate way to explain death and grief to children. Even the pictures of dead animals are cute and not upsetting. ( )
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Barron's A Big Hug series offers a gentle and direct approach to the emotional issues that children face. Written by a clinical child psychologist, these books encourage youngsters to share and discuss tough topics with family and friends.

Life is Like the Wind introduces the concept of death to young readers by likening life to the ever-moving wind. When the wind is present, things move and fly and flutter about. When the wind goes away, things become very still.

"Life is like the wind.
When life goes away, the body is very still
The body cannot move or feel
or do anything anymore.
Where does life go when it goes from the body?"

From there, the authors explore the feelings we have when a loved one's life goes away, how we cope with missing them, and how we can celebrate their memory. It also introduces the various things people believe happens to a life that has moved on. Endearing illustrations of animals enjoying, missing, comforting, and honoring one another do a wonderful job of conveying the message that although life is very precious, "when it is time for the life to leave, it will go."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:33 -0400)

Life is a bit like the wind. When the wind leaves, kites stop soaring, fur stops flying and the trees stop their fluttering. But where does the wind go? And where does a life go when it leaves the body... Author Shona Innes is a qualified clinical and forensic psychologist with many years of experience assisting children in times of trouble. This series deals with emotional issues that children face in direct and gentle terms, allowing children's feelings and problems to be more easily shared and discussed with family and friends.… (more)

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