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I'll Say Goodbye
Written by Pam Zollman
Illustrated by Frances Ives

Ages 4-8
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/29/2022
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5499-5
Price: $ 17.99
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 10 x 8
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Beach days with Uncle Mike always bring something unexpected, like a shiny shell that turns out to be a hermit crab. But Uncle Mike has cancer. Not every surprise is a good one anymore. Soon Uncle Mike starts spending more and more time at the hospital, and the grown-ups start saying “we don’t know” over and over.  One day Mom says Uncle Mike is gone. Gone where? What place could be better than his house on the beach? How could he leave without saying goodbye? 

This gentle, evocatively illustrated story addresses illness and loss from a child’s perspective. Though grief, confusion, and anger can be overwhelming, we can find ways to move forward with the memory of our loved ones.

“The emphasis on natural landscapes is both appealing and soothing, providing solace for the child and readers alike.”
The Horn Book Magazine
“Ives’s beautiful, subdued mixed-media illustrations gently underscore the story’s theme. With its honest presentation of death and loss, this book will serve as a good resource for adults hoping to start a conversation, in terms that children can understand.”