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I Had A Friend Named Peter: Talking To Children About The Death Of A Friend.

Cohn, Janice.

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ISBN 10: 0688066852 / ISBN 13: 9780688066857
Published by William Morrow and Co., New York, 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Unpaginated. Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. Gift inscription signed by the author. PSYCHOLOGY. When a child dies, parents and teachers are faced with the dilemma of whether or not the child's friends and classmates should be told the truth of what has happened. Will it do more harm or more good? In this sensitive story Betsy learns of the sudden death of her friend Peter, and her parents help her cope with the news. Includes an introduction by the author, a psychotherapist discussing guidelines from experts for parents and teachers. (Key Words: Death, Children, Coping, Signed Books). Bookseller Inventory # 7183X1

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Title: I Had A Friend Named Peter: Talking To ...

Publisher: William Morrow and Co., New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Inscribed

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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When Betsy learns about the death of a friend, her parents and kindergarten teacher answer questions about dying, funerals, and the burial process.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4 An exceptionally accurate and understanding account of the feelings and questions that arise when a child's playmate dies is presented in this gently-told story. Peter is run over while chasing a ball into the street, and Betsy's parents have the sad task of telling their daughter and helping her cope with the tragedy. They explain with simple clarity that the doctors couldn't make Peter well, that he can no longer feel pain or fear or loneliness, and that people normally don't die so young. They reassure her that a recent quarrel she had with Peter had nothing to do with his death. They describe the coming funeral and burial and invite her to go with them, if she wants to. Although the style is factual, there is a tender undertone which gives warmth, effectively reinforced by full-page and double-page spreads of an attractive family and school class done in deep but muted tones, with shades of pink and blue predominating. The mood is somber and meditative but loving. An excellent introduction to guide parents and teachers in helping children deal with death strengthens the book's use in bibliotherapy and expands its scope beyond the specific subject to all types of bereavement. The book would be best used with adult assistance. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Va.
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