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The Day Scooter Died: A Book about the Death of a Pet (Helping Kids Heal) [Hardcover]

By Kathleen Bostrom (Author) & Cheri Bladholm (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Day Scooter Died: A Book about the Death of a Pet (Helping Kids Heal) by Kathleen Bostrom & Cheri Bladholm...

Helping kids who lose a pet?a part of their family?is the goal of this tenderly written book.

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Studio: Zonderkidz
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.705 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Series  Helping Kids Heal  
ISBN  0310709024  
ISBN13  9780310709022  
UPC  025986709020  

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More About Kathleen Bostrom & Cheri Bladholm

Kathleen Long Bostrom Kathleen Long Bostrom is a Presbyterian pastor and the author of several books, including "99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children" and "Finding Calm in the Chaos: Christian Devotions for Busy Women".

The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Long Bostrom is an award-winning author for children and adults. She retired from ministry July, 2013 where she served as co-pastor with her husband, Greg, of Wildwood Presbyterian Church, Grayslake, IL.

The Rev. Bostrom was born and raised in southern California and graduated from California State University, Long Beach, CA with a degree in psychology, and spent one year studying at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran. She earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is a 2013 Distinguished Alumnae of Princeton Theological Seminary. Kathy received a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Kathy’s many published works include: The Value-Able Child: Teaching Values at Home and School, What is God Like?, Who is Jesus?, The Snake in the Grass, Josie’s Gift, Finding Calm in the Chaos: Christian Devotions for Busy Women, and her new series of books, Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers, and Rufus and Ryan Go To Church. Her sermons have received several awards and many have been published.

Along with writing, Kathy loves to read. She enjoys taking walks and swimming; tennis is her favorite sport. She stays true to her Los Angeles heritage by rooting for the Dodgers and the Lakers. Kathy loves being a mom and she and Greg have three children, Christopher, Amy, and David.

Kathleen Long-Bostrom has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Daily Feast: Year C
  2. Little Blessings
  3. VeggieTales

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A good book for kids who have lost a pet  Apr 22, 2009
Every child who has ever had a pet will some day have to face the loss of that pet. Sometimes animals die of old age and sometimes their death is the result of an accident, as in the story of The Day Scooter Died.

Written by well-known Christian children's author Kathleen Long Bostrom, this is a touching story about Mikey and his dog, Scooter. When Mikey is born, Scooter becomes "his" dog and the two are inseparable, spending hours playing catch-the-ball together. One day, when Mikey throws the ball too far, Scooter runs out into the street and is hit by a car. Mikey then has to deal with the loss of his best friend.

When he and his parents talk about Scooter, Mikey blames himself for Scooter's death. His parents assure him it wasn't his fault. Mikey asks if Scooter went to Heaven. Since no one is really sure of the answer to that question, his parents respond, "The Bible tells us that at the end of time, all of creation will be made new. All creation includes every living thing." That seems to satisfy Mikey as he is reassured that God cares about all his creatures, even dogs.

The illustrations by Cheri Bladholm are life-like and provide a wonderful accompaniment to the text.

What I Like: I like a story about the death of a pet that children can relate to on a personal level. Even though this story features a boy and his dog, I think the story would still be appropriate for both girls and boys dealing with the loss of any type of pet.

What I Dislike: There were two things I didn't like about the story. First, when Scooter dies, Mikey is very sad but there is no mention of any tears. When Scooter got hit by a car, Mikey's dad wrapped him in his special blanket and took him to the vet. The text says, "Dad took Scooter to the animal hospital and came home with only the blanket. Dad washed it and dried it and folded it, and set it on Mikey's bed. That night, Mikey could not sleep. He tried not to think about Scooter, but Scooter was all that he could think about. . . Mikey wrapped himself in the blanket, curled up on the floor next to his bed, and fell asleep." I think Mikey would have cried himself to sleep, but that is never said.

Also, even though Mikey talks about Scooter's death with his parents, this conversation doesn't take place until several days later, after the night Mikey falls asleep while wrapped in the dog's blanket. I think Mikey was left to carry around his pain and guilt longer than necessary; his parents should have talked to him about Scooter's death the same day it happened.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
Help for youngsters  Feb 15, 2009
The Day Scooter Died is a heart-warming story that reads like a family scrapbook of a boy, Mikey, and his beloved dog growing old together. But when the dog is hit and killed by a car as he and the boy are plying, Mikey must deal with guilt, grief, and loss. His parents patiently guide the boy through the grieving process. Written from a Christian perspective, the story ends on a positive note and has colorful pictures that mirror the feelings of Mikey as he proceeds through the many feelings a boy would feel at the loss of a pet. An end note gives insight to parents for helping young children dealing with a similar loss. Those who are not of the Christian persuasion may have a difficult time sharing this book with children.

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