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If Nathan Were Here by Mary Bahr

If Nathan Were Here

by Mary Bahr

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This book is about a young boy who lost his friend. The book talks about memories with this little boy and his friend. The little boy talks about if Nathan(his friend) was there then they would do the things they used to do together. This book is very emotional but can be relatable to many children who may have lost a friend or someone else in their life. The illustrations are vague and dull. The colors are not bright. You can tell they are paintings. This book, although emotional and may seem like it would be very sad, gives more of a hopeful feeling. In the end the boy who lost his friend Nathan is able to cope with the tragedy and continue to move in with life. This book would be good for teaching coping mechanisms for any situation. I would use this book with older elementary like 3-5th grade. ( )
  mholtan | Sep 24, 2015 |
This realistic book tells the sad story of a young boy who has lost his best friend. The boy talks about what him and his best friend Nathan would do if he was there, and all the places they would go on their walk to school. When he goes to school, his teacher puts out a memory box where the students can put stuff that reminds them of Nathan. The boy doesn't say anything in class, but goes home and goes into his and Nathan's tree house and asks what he is supposed to do without Nathan. Nathan's sister comes to the tree house and the boy decides he will let her up, because they had never let her before, but now that Nathan was gone it seemed he shouldn't be alone.
  jresner | Mar 3, 2015 |
The narrator of this story is a young boy who is processing the passing of his best friend, Nathan. He thinks about all the good times he had with Nathan, and wonders how he will survive without his best friend beside him. This is a very touching book, and will probably leave you with tears in your eyes! However, the ending is kind of abrupt and holds very little explanation. (Realistic Fiction)
  apoffenroth13 | Feb 9, 2015 |
A little boy is going threw grieving from losing his best freiend to death. The closest people around help him get through this hard time.
  cabram90 | Jun 24, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book because it is about grieving the loss of a friend and it gives good ideas on how to cope with that loss. For example the little boy in the story grieves the loss of his friend Nathan, by continuing to spend time in their tree fort, spending time with Nathan's dog, and letting Nathan's sister into their tree fort.

The other thing I really enjoyed about this book is the illustrations. They use a lot of warm colors like reds oranges and they are really serene. For example there is a part in the story where the friend is laying in the tree fort missing Nathan. The tree fort is a red-orange color and the grass below is a warm green. The friend is sleeping and thinking about Nathan and it looks really peaceful.

The main idea in this story is coping with the loss of a friend. ( )
  jraeke1 | Mar 3, 2014 |
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Mary Bahr gently explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. With the help of an understanding teacher, a kind neighbour, and an empathetic parent, the boy finds ways to give expression to his questions and sorrow and to reach out to someone else who needs him.
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If Nathan were here, we would meet in our tree fort we would take the shortcut through the woods we would try to splash each other in the puddlesIn If Nathan Were Here, author Mary Bahr gently explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. With the help of an understanding teacher, a kind neighbor, and an empathetic parent, the boy finds ways to give expression to his questions and sorrow and to reach out to someone else who needs him.Mary Bahr's evocative text conveys a child's grief with honesty and sensitivity, while Karen Jerome's soft watercolors poignantly capture the tender nature of children's friendships.

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Sensitive story of how one little boy is encouraged and supported to find his own way to remember his best friend who has died.

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