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Always and Forever

by Alan Durant

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A family of forest animals learns to cope with the death of a loved one.

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A book aimed at young children but could appeal to any age. When Fox dies the rest of his family are absolutely distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories. Many small children will be faced with the death of someone they love and this charming picture story might help them to come to terms with it
  LibraryPAH | Nov 2, 2020 |
This is a touching story about coping with the death of a loved one. Otter, Mole, Fox, and Hare were all family who lived together in a house in a woods. Fox, the family member who worked the hardest out of all, left to go into the woods one day and never returned. Otter, Mole, and Hare found fox deceased in the woods. After they said goodbye to Fox, Otter, Mole, and Hare were all depressed for a long while, until their friend Squirrel had arrived, and they all reminisced on their memories with Fox. Eventually, they came to the realization that they can move forward with Fox in their hearts. I really liked how this book used animals instead of humans in this story, in order to make it more age appropriate for young children. It also provides some insight for young students about how animals and humans both pass on at some point on their lives for many reasons. This book can be relatable to students who have lost a friend or family member. ( )
  Morgan.Santiago | Sep 24, 2019 |
I liked this read a lot. I think this book will be a good read for children who may have lost a family member or friend. The book takes you through the death of fox. Mole, Hare, and Otter find their friend fox dead and cold in the story. They struggle with depression after foxes death. However, in the story the characters eventually realizes that fox can live through them by doing the things fox enjoyed.

This book is written in third person point of view.

I like how this book progressed in the story from page to page. This book was a really good read.

The characters perspective changes as the book develops. The characters become more understanding of their situations. ( )
  A.Bode | Feb 23, 2019 |
Durant's book about dealing with death is very touching. In the story, Fox died and his friends and family are devastated at this loss. They do not know how to live life without him. When at a low point, the squirrel goes to visit Fox's family and they talk about the funny things that he used to do which lifts their spirits. Children can connect to this book with the same experiences. Dealing with a death in the family can be very hard but this book is a great reminder that when you are down, think of all the things that that person has done that is great. When one remembers the good memories with their loved one, they should feel comfort that their spirit lives with them and are surrounded by them in great light. ( )
  GrantHebert | Feb 6, 2019 |
Fox, Mole, Hare, and Otter lived together in a house in the woods. One day Fox felt ill, and the he went into the forest alone he did not return. His family found him lying, cold. They carried him home and buried him under the willow tree. Sadness fell over Mole, Hare and Otter. One day their friend Squirrel visits and asks where they have ben. They all reply they have been too sad about Fox to leave the house. Squirrel begins to reminisce about the time Fox burned the potato pie, tries to build a chair, and pull the weeds. Mole, Hare, and Fox decided to plant a garden and build a bench underneath the willow, and cook potato pie once a month in memory of Fox. Although Fox was gone, they knew, in their hearts, memories, and laughter Fox was still there, always and forever.
The authors story about Mole, Hare, and Otter losing their friend, and learning to cope, may help child who is experiencing the same kind of loss. The story acknowledges the death of Fox and the sadness that have overcome his friends after his passing. However, through remembering all of the good and funny times with Fox, his friends learn how to cope by doing things in his memory. Similarly, a child could also learn to cope in this way.
The illustrations help on the story through the change of seasons. On the first page where Fox, Hare, Mole and Otter ar living together as a happy family, it is summer in the forest. one tree is full of green leaves, flowers are in bloom, and they are all in hats. Then when Fox becomes ill and dies, its is autumn in the first, The leaves are turning colors and covering the ground, and Fox. AS they bury Fox it turns to winter with snow covering the ground. When Squirrel visits and they begin to feel better the snow begins to melt. At the end of the story when they are all gathered under the willow, near the garden, sitting on the bench it is now spring in the garden. As the moods of Hare, Otter, and Mole change, the seasons change from cole winter to warm spring. Therefore, the colors on the pages also change from cool and dreary to bright and cheerful. ( )
  sschilling | Sep 13, 2017 |
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Otter, Mole and Hare miss Fox when he falls ill and dies. They stay at home and don’t want to talk about him because it makes them sadder. Then Squirrel visits and reminds them of all the fun times they had together. They all find a way to remember Fox and get on with their lives. Colourful, detailed pictures in this book emphasize the importance of holding on to memories.
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