Children’s books: death

I have recently read two children’s books about death and grief that were quite good.

Rabbityness, by Jo Empson: Describes a rabbit, his likes and how he influenced his peers – then one day he disappeared. “All that Rabbit had left was a hole… a DEEP dark hole.” But down in the DEEP dark hole, Rabbit had left some of his favourite things, which made them think of Rabbit, which made them happy.

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in between, by Bryan Mellonie: This book has plenty of repetition and reassurance, looking at the lifetimes of various living things, and that no matter how long or short, lifetimes are really all the same – they have beginnings, and endings, and there is living in between.

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