Item description for Josh: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Friend by Stephanie Jeffs & Jacqui Thomas...
Overview This work is a thoughtful, sensitive treatment for children about the topic of death and dying.
Community Description This sensitive story, from a child's perspective, moves through the pain and emptiness of grief and loss, to the sadness and acceptance of death and burial. It explains not only what happens to the body of a dead person, but also that we will be safe in heaven after we have died. For ages 4-8.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 8.02" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Grade Level Grade School
ISBN 0687497191 ISBN13 9780687497195
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephanie Jeffs & Jacqui Thomas
Stephanie Jeffs has had more than a dozen books for children published worldwide, and writes curriculum material for Sunday schools. She is a former teacher of English and drama, and is actively involved in the life of her local church as a youth leader and housegroup leader. She lives in Tiverton, in the southwest of England, with her husband, Mark, and three young children, Matthew, Patrick, and Rosie.
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Helping children deal with the death of a friend Dec 31, 2008
Dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult, especially if you're a child. Josh: Coming To Terms With the Death of a Friend, written by Stephanie Jeffs and illustrated by Jacqui Thomas, is a story about a little African-American boy whose friend has died. The friend is a grown-up, a neighbor, someone he knows very well and admired a great deal.
When Josh learns his friend Max has died, his first question is, "Why did Max have to die? I don't want never to see him again." His mom doesn't attempt to answer the question; she simply says, "None of us wanted this to happen. . .It's hard for everyone who knew him."
"What happens when we die?" Josh wants to know. "Where is Max now?"
Again, his Mom doesn't answer the first question, but gives this response to the second one, "Max's body was so hurt that it couldn't work any more, but the things that made Max special - his kindness and friendliness, all the things that made Max who he was, which we call his spirit - have gone to be with God."
The story continues with Josh learning about coffins and cemeteries and funerals.
I thought the story would be about a child losing his best friend - another child; however, the story is about a child dealing with the loss of a special grown-up, someone who played a big part in his life.
The watercolor illustrations are bright, colorful and very kid-friendly.
What I Like: I really like the illustrations. They are expressive and greatly enhance the text.
What I Dislike: There is no mention of Josh's father in this story, so perhaps Max played a father-figure role in his life. This is never fully explained, but it would have been nice to know.
Although the story provides some answers for children, and makes them realize it's okay to hurt and cry and ask questions when someone dies, the author skirts around the real questions of "Why" and "What happens when you die?" I realize those are very tough questions for anyone to answer, but it would have been nice if the mother had at least made an attempt to address those issues.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: 4-8 years.
Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review - 4 stars
Josh: Coming to Terms With the Death of a Friend Apr 23, 2008
Written from a Christian perspective this books helps a child deal with the death of an adult friend. Well done.