By: Laura Gehl
Illustrated by: Udayana Lugo
Published: March 14 2023
Publisher: Flyaway Books
As I was looking through the stack of children’s books I have to review, I saw this book by one of my favorite children’s authors. I didn’t know anything about it until I started reading it. It seems serendipitous as I’m still grieving the loss of my father, our children’s grandpa, that I would find a book about the loss of a grandparent. Even though our children are adults, they still felt many of the emotions in this story as they visited him this December. I have shared several books on the blog for those struggling with grief, HERE.
Daria visited her grandpa at the hospital. He was lucky because he had a view of the ocean outside of his window. Every time she visited she reminded him that soon the two of them would be able to go out to the beach. But, each time, Grandpa’s squeeze of the hand got weaker and weaker. Soon, Grandpa wasn’t able to talk due to the oxygen mask.
This sweet story of a granddaughter and her grandpa filled my heart with love. I appreciated the pages where there were no words at all and you could just look at the illustrations and feel the sadness on the pages that didn’t need any explanation. Even though Daria’s grandpa is gone, she finds a way to keep her grandpa close to her heart. For kids struggling with the loss of a grandparent, this book offers a way to talk to your child about their feelings.
The end of the book includes tips from Dr. Sharie Coombes as well as organizations that offer grief support for you and your child.