Title: Princess Lillian and Grandpa’s Goodbye
Author: Jenny Ann Fulton
Illustrator: Indra Grace Hunter
Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book
Plot: Lillian’s parents are taking her to the hospital to visit her grandpa. He’s not going to be around much longer so it’s Lillian’s turn to say goodbye. She’s not sure what that’s all about. She asks her grandpa and her parents all the questions a young girl might have about saying goodbye. Lillian is sadden by the news that she’s never going to see her grandpa again, but happy that he’s going to heaven. Lillian says goodbye to her grandpa and is more at peace because she can see him again one day.
Rating: 3.8 – a bittersweet book about saying goodbye to a loved one.
Opinion: This book is better for older kids as it deals with death. The book does a great way of explaining some of the questions kids might have about death. It explains in a simple way where people who are believers go after death. Though parents might have to do some additional explanation because the book doesn’t use the common words for God, haven, and angels. It tugged at my heart because I’ve lost loved ones and wanted to know more about the why’s. The style of the book draws from Native American culture, in pictures and wording. The pictures are very well done. They’re different from most other kids books I’ve read, but still very beautiful. This is a good book for anyone with children who’ve lost a loved one recently or it’s almost time to say goodbye to a loved one.