Sunday, May 30, 2010

Oh No! Time to Go! Book of Goodbyes

Rebecca Doughty

Everyone has their own way to say goodbye. From toodle-oo, g’bye, to later gator! The concept of goodbye can be difficult for young children to understand. Auntie Lou wants to have a chat and drink tea, and then it’s time for goodbye. Uncle Ed, with his southern drawl, says g’bye y’all. When Granny comes for a visit, there are hugs and kisses, but there is always a goodbye. Other good-byes could be just a handshake, or a baby who says goo-goo. Dogs seem to have it easier than anyone else does – a simple grrr sends the other one on their way. There is a goodbye that is harder for a young child to deal with. Yet, along with good-byes there are also hellos.

This rhyming book of meeting, visiting, and saying goodbye will help young readers understand the concept of saying goodbye. The illustrations are in primary colors, and are drawn to appeal to the young readers. The book is a reminder to the readers and to those who read to them, that good-byes are a part of life.

BIBLIO: 2009, Schwartz & Wade Books, Ages 3 - 7, $15.99.
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Juvenile Fiction / Rhyming
ISBN: 978-0-375-84981-7

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 5/24/10

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