Item description for The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran & Dan Andreasen...
Overview Mike and his dog Corky plan to be best friends forever, so when Corky becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise.
No one knows exactly what kind of dog Corky is, but if you ask his owner, Mike, the answer is simple: "He's my dog."
Mike and Corky are best friends; they do everything together. In fact they even make a plan. Mike tells Corky that they will always do everything together--forever. It is their Forever Plan.
And it works well. From one year to the next Corky is right there with Mike. Until one day, when Mike comes home from school and Corky isn't there . . . The story of how Mike comes to accept Corky's death forms a simple, poignant portrait of a special friendship that both celebrates the joys of owning a pet and becomes a heartfelt guide for anyone who is coping with the loss of a loved one.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran & Dan Andreasen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1258
School Library Journal - 03/01/2007 page 156
Kirkus Review - Children - 03/01/2007 page 218
Booklist - 04/01/2007 page 55
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2007 page 294
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 107
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 3, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060539399 ISBN13 9780060539399
Availability 0 units.
More About Bill Cochran & Dan Andreasen
Bill Cochran is also the author of "The Forever Dog, " which Booklist called ?an outstanding, realistic addition to books about death and dying.? Raised in Palo Alto, California, he is now a creative director in advertising. He lives in Dallas, Texas where he also performs with a popular comedy improv troupe.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Forever Dog?
No sugar-coating, yet Cochran helps little ones face and cope with death and loss Jun 23, 2009
I may be biased because our beloved dog just passed away, but I think Bill Cochran nailed it with this all too familiar topic. A great read for your kiddo especially after the loss of a pet. No sugar-coating, yet Cochran helps little ones face and cope with death and loss especially the loss of a furry best friend. And you just can't help but fall in love with Corky, thanks to the wonderful work of illustrator Dan Andreasen who guides the reader through joy, love, loss and peace.
Great Book! Jan 18, 2009
This is a great book for explaining the loss of a pet to a child. I'm a planner, so fortunately I haven't had to "use" this book yet, I bought it in preparation for the day that we will need it. However, I have let several friends borrow the book after they've lost a family pet, and they've all said it was perfect for addressing pet loss and opeining up communication with children over their feelings of loss when a pet dies.
Perfect for grieving families Apr 9, 2008
My son (a 1st grader) does not like to talk about emotional issues. When our beloved dog died, he didn't say anything about it for 24 hours. The next day I read him this book and we both began crying mid-way through. The lovely story enabled my son to open up and talk about the grief he was feeling. I like the message that we keep the memory of deceased loved ones in our hearts and memories.
an excellent gift for those grieving the death of a beloved pet Oct 5, 2007
The Forever Dog helps children [and the child within us all] feel the painful loss of a beloved pet and move on. Cochran is a masterful wordsmith who makes us chuckle at how such a mangy puppy could become such a beloved and loyal friend to his young owner. And the mother speaks words of profound healing as she gently helps her son understand that his inner pain can be transformed by love into something that he will have forever, just as promised.
This book belongs on the book shelf along with "The Fall of Freddy, the Leaf" [Leo Bussaglia] and "The Dead Bird" [Margaret Wise Brown], to give to someone who is suffering with grief after the death of a loved one.
And veteranarians across the country will be wise to stock many copies of this book for their clients [of all ages] who lose their beloved pets!
Caroline Boynton, LMSW, MA New York City
Wonderfully Sweet Aug 18, 2007
Corky was the best dog ever. Mike got him as a puppy and taught him all he knew. They took walks, Corky slept on Mike's head, and lots of other fun stuff!
One day, Corky got sick and had to go to the veterinarian's clinic. The next morning, Mike's mom had sad news: Corky was too sick for the doctors to save.
Inspired by his own experience, Bill Cochran brings children a gentle story about losing a favorite pet. For many people, this is the first time they must deal with death and grief. As children, it can be hard to understand that a beloved friend isn't going to return, and even more difficult to understand the onslaught of emotions. Cochran's approach takes young readers through the steps without letting on that it's what adults call the "grieving process." All the kids know is that they can identify with how Mike feels about losing Corky, and then see how he comes to accept it.
Hand a box of tissues over with this book when gifting it to a grieving child. Tell them it's perfectly okay to cry, and even a good thing. And if they're not ready, they will be. This is a wonderfully sweet book for such an occasion. Of course, it's a nice story even if there hasn't been a loss, as it can also encourage children to learn compassion toward others who are having a hard time.
I highly recommend THE FOREVER DOG to anyone who has feelings.
Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer 08/18/2007
(This review is dedicated to Dandy, Tinker, Chrissy, Dillon, Middie, and Alice.)