Author(s): Melanie Walsh
This is a lift-the-flap book to help very young children cope with bereavement. When a little boy is told that his grandma has died, he isn't really sure what death means. In this reassuring lift-the-flap book with bold and colourful illustrations, he asks his mum important questions about death and bereavement. Why do people have to die? What happens to them once they are dead? What can he do to remember his grandma? Through this gentle dialogue between parent and child, Melanie Walsh sensitively explores the issues surrounding death and bereavement from a child's perspective. It is ideal for young children who have been bereaved. Questions about death are explored in a sensitive open-ended way which will offer reassurance in what can be a difficult time for both parents and children. Big flaps, bold illustrations and simple text make the book accessible for very young children.
Melanie Walsh's characteristic bold collage illustrations convey the range of feelings effectively in her straightforward and reassuring picture book for the very young. Recommended for use at times of bereavement and also as a starting point for discussion with young children in nursery settings Red Reading Hub With great sensitivity, this lift-the-flap book helps a young boy cope with the death of Grandma and learn to remember the happy times they had together. Goodbye Grandma effectively tackles the fears young children have surrounding the death of someone close. Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read
Melanie Walsh studied at Harrow School of Art and the Royal College of Art and went on to work as a textile designer. She now writes and illustrates children's books, which include My Green Day, Ten Things I Can Do to Help My World and Living with Mum and Living With Dad. She lives in Bath.