by J.E. Laufer
It’s a fact of life that, sooner or later, everyone—even children—will find themselves having to confront their feelings on death. In a child’s world, the death of a dose relative, a teacher, or even a character on television can be shattering. Since every child reacts to the news of a death differently, it’s impossible for a caring adult to follow the advice of a single professional manual in helping the bereft child work through his or her feelings of loss. Where Did Papa Go offers a sensitive, personal opportunity for adults and children to explore together their reactions to death and work through the stages of grief that everyone who loses someone special experiences.
Where Did Papa Go is a young girl’s simplistically touching poetic musing on the death of her grandfather. Through this story, young people will be able to appreciate and ponder not only the mysteries of death that puzzle the little girl but the practical considerations of death that she raises as well: “It’s strange I can’t see him, but I feel him inside. I want to yell, ‘Come out, you don’t need to hide.”
With its read-aloud format, Where Did Papa Go can serve as a springboard for discussion between educators, nurses, social workers, funeral directors, librarians, parents—and the children they care about. It can also he used by older adolescents and even adults for silent reading and reflection. The uplifiing text is accompanied by cheerful, colorful illustrations that accentuate the positive aspects of life even while dealing with the subject of death.
Publisher: Little Egg Publishing Company
Publication Date: June 1991
Size: 8 x 8 inches
Distributor: Itasca Book Distribution