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The Pond

Title: The Pond
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Cathy Fisher
Publisher: Graffeg Limited (2017)
ISBN: 9781912050703
The narrator of the story, a young boy, describes the loss of his father and how different family members experience their grief in different ways. They try to cope with their bereavement by rebuilding the pond he created when he was alive. The pond that was “the muddy, messy hole that filled our hearts” now becomes somewhere plants, insects, tadpoles and dragonflies come to life. The story ends with the family leaving the house and the pond for pastures new.

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Graffeg Children’s Books: The Pond Teachers’ Notes
Child Bereavement UK: Supporting Families and Educating Professionals 
Child Development Institute: How to Talk to Kids About Death
Nicola Davies describes her inspiration behind The Pond
Brainpop Educators: Classroom Activities for Teaching About Spring 
Kids Play and Create: What Happens in Spring? When is Spring? Spring Facts for Kids
Nicola Davies Official Website
Cathy Fisher Official Website
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