Item description for Good-bye, Baby Max by Heather Castles Diane Cantrell...
Mrs. B's class excitedly awaits the birth of three baby chicks. When Max is unable to crack open his shell, the children's loving teacher assists them in expressing their feelings of loss and planning a special good-bye.
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An excellent book to teach children good-byes Feb 21, 2008
Good-bye, Baby Max is a beautifully written and equally (or more importantly) beautifully illustrated book for children in the suggested age group of 4 to 8 years. For the children in the younger part of this age group, the parents or elder children and other care givers can help in reading and also deal with the emotions that may arise.
The illustrations are beautiful and help to invoke the right feelings.
The book tells children some important things about life: Life is a struggle and everyone doesn't make it. It is OK to cry and mourn those who fail and fall down. But life is about accepting the loss and moving on and seeing the emergence of new life.
The children can be encouraged to read, explore and analyze the emotions that well up.
The book has A Note to Parents and Educators from the author, which puts the story in the right perspective.
The book is edited and printed well.
I would have liked to see the book in a CD form with the story set to music. I hope the publishers will think of bringing it out even now.