Jane Yolen, author and Jim LaMarche, illustrator
Random House, 2011, Fiction
Suitable for: Preschool and Elementary (ages 4 and up)
Theme: Pet Loss, Grief
Synopsis: “The day Tiger Rose said goodbye was a soft spring day, the sun only half risen. Little brilliant butterflies, like bits of colored paper, floated among the flowers.” Tiger Rose is a gray striped tabby cat who is growing old and knows the end of her life is nearing. She heads off to say goodbye to the family she loves, Rolf the dog she fights with, and her nature friends. She finds her favorite napping place near a rose-bush and quietly makes her transition.
Why I like this book: Jane Yolen’s story is a celebration of Tiger Rose’s life and provides a beautiful, sensitive and reassuring way to explain death to children. It will bring comfort to children and adults who have experienced the death of a pet or have an aging pet. Activity: This is an opportunity for children to share their feelings and favorite stories about a beloved pet, draw pictures, and make a collage or remembrance book. For more books with resources please visit Just Right Books!
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