Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: GOODBYE SHEEPIE by Robert Buleigh

Buleigh, Robert. Goodbye Sheepie. Illus. Peter Catalanotto. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Children, 2010. ISBN: 0-7614-5598-1. $16.99, Ages 3-7

For any family struggling to deal with the loss of a pet, I’d highly recommend Robert Burleigh’s Goodbye Sheepie. The story of the passing of young Owen’s best canine friend, Sheepie, is told with grace and sensitivity. When Sheepie dies, Owen and his father bury the dog’s body, speak some final words and create a homemade grave marking. Owen’s father treats his son’s grief with understanding and compassion, teaching Owen (and the reader) that, although Sheepie will never come back, he will always be a part of their happy memories.

Peter’s Catalanotto’s illustrations, done in watercolor and gouache, are soft and colorful, evoking the blurry sadness that accompanies death.

Marisa Behan

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