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Goodbye to Goldie

Fran Manushkin · Picture Window Books
Format: Book

Katie Woo's dog, Goldie, was very old. Goldie became sick and died. Katie will miss her friend. She is glad that she has lots of happy memories of Goldie.
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Always My Brother

Jean Reagan · Tilbury House Publishers; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Becky and her brother John were best buddies, telling jokes, caring for their dog Toby together, and playing soccer. John was always there to cheer her up and help her out--until he died. Becky wishes everything could go back to the way it was. When she is surprised and feels guilty about...
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Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories

Audrey Penn · Tanglewood Press
Format: Hardcover

Chester Raccoon's good friend Skiddel Squirrel has had an accident and will not be returning - ever. Chester is upset that he won't get to play with his friend anymore. Mrs. Raccoon suggests that Chester and his friends create some memories of Skiddel, so that they will have good...
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Turtle Girl

Carole Crowe · Boyds Mills Pr; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Magdalena and her grandmother are on a turtle watch, looking for sea turtles. The night does not disappoint. As turtles float ashore to dig their nests and lay their eggs in the moonlight, the sight is a wonder to behold. Magdalena s grandmother has instilled in her grandchild a love of sea turtles....
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Her Mother's Face

Roddy Doyle · Arthur A. Levine Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Award winners Roddy Doyle and Freya Blackwood team up to create a heartwarming story of loss, love, and what it means to be a family.When Siobhan was just three years old, her mother died, leaving Siobhan and her father alone in their house in Dublin. They never talk about her, and now,...
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I Remember Miss Perry

Pat Brisson · Dial
Format: Hardcover

It’s his first day at a new school, and Stevie is scared.Who will he talk to at lunchtime? But his teacher says, "It is my fondest wish that you join me for lunch today, Stevie."And with that, a bad day becomes a good one. Miss Perry always has a new fondest wish—something...
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Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Corinne Demas · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Print book

A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends and do everything together. As Lulu ages and starts to slow down the girl shows her compassion by making Lulu comfortable in her bed and helping to feed her. When Lulu dies the caring, young girl must comes to terms with her loss...
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Always and Forever

Alan Durant · Harcourt
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

When Fox dies, Mole, Hare, and Otter are devastated. They feel they will never get over their great sadness. How can life go on without him? Then one day Squirrel comes to visit. She reminds Fox's family of all the funny things he used to do. And as the friends share dinner and tell...
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Bear's Last Journey

Udo Weigelt · North-South
Format: Paperback

Old Bear is very sick. With his animal friends gathered around him, Bear tells them that he must say good-bye, for he is going on a special journey. "But ... but ... you're not dying?" asks Rabbit, and Bear admits that he is. All the animals are saddened by the news, but the little...
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Goodbye Mousie

Robie H. Harris · Margaret K. McElderry; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

When I woke up this morning, I tickled Mousie's tummy. But Mousie didn't wake up. When a child learns that his pet mouse has died, at first he can't believe it. "Mousie is NOT dead!" he insists. "He's just...very...very sleepy this morning." But it takes...
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The Memory String

Eve Bunting · Clarion Books; Library Binding edition
Format: Hardcover

Each button on Laura’s memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother—a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died....
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Sweet, Sweet Memory

Jacqueline Woodson · Hyperion Book CH
Format: Print book

Now that Grandpa's gone, Sarah tries to remember what he used to say about the garden. Like us, he would tell her, a part of it never dies. Everything and everyone goes on and on. But Sarah feels very sad, even though Grandma and all the relatives are with her, sharing stories and hugs....
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The Forever Dog

Bill Cochran · HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover

No one knows exactly what kind of dog Corky is, but if you ask his owner, Mike, the answer is simple: "He's my dog."Mike and Corky are best friends; they do everything together. In fact they even make a plan. Mike tells Corky that they will always do everything together—forever....
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Molly's Rosebush

D.S.W. Cohn Janice · Albert Whitman & Company
Format: Hardcover

When the new baby they've been expecting isn't strong enough to be born, Molly and her family find different ways to express their feelings and comfort each other.
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The Purple Balloon

Chris Raschka · Schwartz & Wade
Format: Hardcover

When a child becomes aware of his pending death (children tend to know long before the rest of us even want to consider it), and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon, released and unencumbered, on its way upward. Health-care professionals...
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The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend

Jan Berenstain · HarperFestival
Format: Hardcover

Sister Bear loves taking care of her pet goldfish, Goldie. Sister feeds Goldie every morning and evening, cleans out her tank, and even gets her a beautiful fishbowl castle! But when Papa and Mama find Goldie floating belly-up in her tank, they worry about how Sister will feel. How will...
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Harry & Hopper

Margaret Wild · Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover

When Harrys beloved dog Hopper dies he has a hard time letting go as Harry sees Hopper still in his life Are Hoppers visits to Harry the boys imagination or is the dog truly leaving Harry gradually once he makes sure his boy will be all right Eyes will not stay dry as readers experience...
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Bottled Sunshine

Andrea Spalding · Fitzhenry & Whiteside; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

br> Chocolate Lily Book Award shortlist 2006-2007 _ Picture Book Category Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2006 A touching story about loss and the lasting comfort of memories Grandma_s magical island is the perfect place for a holiday. The trouble is, when the summer is over,...
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Bone Dog

Eric Rohmann · Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

One of School Library Journals Best Picture Books of 2011One of Horn Books Best Picture Books of 2011Ghost dogs and skeletons in a tall tale with a tender heart from the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of My Friend Rabbit.Gus doesnt feel like doing much after his dog Ella dies. He doesnt...
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Big Cat Pepper

Elizabeth Partridge · Bloomsbury Children's Books
Pages: 32
Format:  Print book : Fiction : Preschool : English : 1st U.S. ed

Big Cat Pepper has always been a part of the family. But he seems to be sleeping more and more. And then one day he just doesn't wake up again. "His spirit lives forever," the boy's mother tells him gently. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, the complex issue of death...
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