One's first reaction to this book is likely to be that the story of the death of a young child is indescribably sad, especially when the child is as winsome, as lovable, and as vulnerable as Shira Putter. And we would be right. Her story is a sad one. Why then would anyone choose to read it, and why would anyone choose to share it with his or her own children? Because Shiraâ€™s story is more than an account of incurable illness and inevitable death. It is a story of love and hope and courage. It is the story of a family drawn closer together, strengthened rather than shattered by the experience of illness and deathâ€¦Shiraâ€™s poems and funny stories, Shiraâ€™s hope and courage are too precious and too inspiring for them, or for any of us, to forget. The enduring message of this book is not that children sometimes get sick and die. We knew that before. It is that, in the words of the biblical Song of Songs, "love is stronger than death.' All of us, whatever our ages, need to be reminded of that. ~~Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
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Shira is the true story of a nine-year-old girl who dies of a rare form of diabetes, told in journal accounts. Some of these were actually written by Shira, as were all the poems in the book. But, the majority of the entries were written by the author after extensive research into Shira's life. The introduction by Rabbi Harold Kushner addresses the reasons why readers need a book in which a child becomes ill and then dies. Shira's story is enormously painful to read. She is no angel who waits glowingly for her ascent into a higher reality. She loves life, her family, her friends, and she's afraid to die. She has good days and bad, days of courage and days when she lapses into whining. The strength of this story is in the discovery that Shira and her family persevered, that they loved one another right down to Shira's last days. Readers will come away having learned about an exceptional experience. Highly recommended for all ages, the book raises issues that may require discussion between adults and children. Included is a foreword by the author, an epilogue by Shira's mother, a glossary of medical terms and illustrations that portray moments from Shira's short life. Ages 8-up.
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Book Description Doubleday, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0385241151
Book Description Doubleday, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Edward Epstein (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0385241151