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The Goodbye Boat [Hardcover]

By Mary Joslin (Author) & Claire St Louis Little (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Goodbye Boat by Mary Joslin & Claire St Louis Little...

Presents the phenomena of grief and loss and the concept that death is not the end

Publishers Description
Saying goodbye to someone you love is always hard. Saying goodbye when someone you love dies is perhaps the hardest thing of all.

This book explores the pain and grief of saying goodbye in the simplest of words and images and offers hope that the sadness will ease and that death is not the end.

A wonderful discussion starter, this book will be a helpful tool for parents and educators seeking to guide young children through the painful process of loss.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   28
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.78" Width: 8.7" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1999
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  3-5
ISBN  080285186X  
ISBN13  9780802851864  

Availability  0 units.

More About Mary Joslin & Claire St Louis Little

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary Joslin is the author of "The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers," "On That Christmas Night," and "The Story of the Cross." Amanda Hall is the illustrator of "The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale. "They previously collaborated on" The Lion Day-by-Day Bible.""

Mary Joslin was born in 1953.

Mary Joslin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lion Classic

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Death & Dying > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Death & Dying > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3
7Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Confusing  Jun 15, 2005
Unfortunatly, this is the only book that I have found that is appropriate for toddlers.

Because preschoolers and toddlers take adults words very literally, and generally think of death as something reversible, "The Goodbye Boat" is not a good good book to explain death. In the book, the grandmother dies and sails around on a ship. This gives children the impression that when people die, they go on a boat ride and eventually return.

This book is very confusing for young children. A good alternative would be "When Dinosaurs Die"
Magical & heart warming!  Jul 26, 2001
Saying goodbye to someone you love is always hard. Saying goodbye when someone you love dies is perhaps the hardest thing of all.

I remember those days when I left for boarding school or to emigrate to America. I was the one leaving in those days. I was on a Goodbye Boat. Later, I stood & watched others leave for faraway places or, as is inevitable, leaving life.

Few words, rich pictures, extra-ordinarily rich pictures & a lot to think about!

For every family raising conscious children - when grandparents & pets & friends die & go away.

A simple, passionately illustrated meditation of life & death & life.

The Goodbye Boat  Mar 28, 2000
by SMFran

In a 28-page color picture book titled The Goodbye Boat, Mary Joslin, writer, and Claire St. Louis Little, color illustrator, (Grand Rapids Mich., Win. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999, hard cover) present a message about dying, a message in pictures and words where the emotions of grieving find hope in a boat sent out to sea. The pain and sadness of saying "goodbye" find a resurrection motif in the boat sailing out of sight and into a new place. Appropriate and meaningful for all ages, the book holds special appeal for children and those guiding children through the death experience of a grandparent or someone close. I read the book to the young grandchildren of my sister after her death. These children asked me to reread the book to them several times, and each time they had new questions for me. This book offered me a wondeful way to say how Grandma had gone away on the sea of eternity.


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