Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh

Title: Sammy in the Sky
Author: Barbara Walsh
Illustrator: Jamie Wyeth
Publisher: Candlewick (2012)
ISBN: 9780763649272
 
Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh focuses on bereavement, self-management and emotions.
 
“All I knew was that I loved Sammy and Sammy loved me.” Sammy was “the best hound dog in the whole world” to his family, especially a young girl. When he becomes ill and eventually dies the girl’s mother helps her prepare for what will happen next. “When he leaves, his body will be like an empty shell, but his spirit will be everywhere… All the good things about Sammy, like his love for you, will be yours to keep forever.” The family keep his memory alive and process their grief by celebrating his love of wind-blown bubbles, keeping guard and having his tummy scratched.

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Candlewick Press: Q & A with Barbara Walsh
Child Development Institute: How to talk to children about death
Barbara Walsh: Official Website
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