The story begins when Pearl comes home from school one day and learns from her mother that her grandfather has died. The following pages take us first through Pearl's feelings, how friends and family help her, her questions about the ritual of sitting shiva at her grandmother's house, her ways of remembering her grandfather. Her father helps her plant a garden, something she had shared with her grandfather, and when her grandmother sees the garden in the spring, she tells Pearl that her grandpa is still alive through her.


This straightforward story offers young children help in naming the confusing feelings and events that follow a death in the family. The illustrations are delicate and detailed, depicting sheep as humans, a little in the style of Beatrix Potter. Appended to the story are descriptions of funeral and mourning customs in different traditions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism; Hinduism, and Christianity. It could be a very helpful book, particularly to Jewish children.


Simon & Schuster

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New York



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