Pearl's Marigolds For Grandpa

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Provides a lesson on the ritual of shiva while offering a touching tale dealing with loss as one young girl copes with the passing of her grandfather by keeping his memory alive through continuing his tradition of planting marigolds.

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PreSchool-Grade 2. When Pearl's grandfather dies, she decides not to attend his funeral. ("She wanted to remember Grandpa playing checkers.") Instead, she thinks of him while she is at school. Later, at his house, she tries on his hat and slippers, sits in his chair, and wonders who could possibly replace him in her life. On Pearl's next visit, Grandma offers her some comfort by saying, "Grandpa's still alive...through you." The sheep family in Zalben's charming, busy, watercolor illustrations are not quite as dear as the bears in her Beni books (Holt). Many of the paintings are enclosed by flowered borders that echo or contrast with patterns on wallpaper, clothing, and floors. Pearl and her family live in a homey house and dress like people. Zalben's understated story will be comfortably reassuring to children who have lost a beloved grandparent. A five-page addendum gives brief notes on burial and mourning customs of the world's six major religions.?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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