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Cry, Heart, But Never Break

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

In this translation of Glenn Ringtved's original Danish text, Death is portrayed as a kind, compassionate figure, who gives the children wise words of advice: "Cry, Heart, but never break. Let your tears of grief and sadness help begin new life." This reminder that death and life are two halves of the same whole is unique, beautiful, and emotionally powerful.

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"The children refill Death’s coffee mug in an attempt to postpone the inevitable; while drinking his coffee, Death tells them an allegorical story to illustrate how, like grief and joy or sorrow and delight, life and death cannot exist without the other.... Finally, Death goes upstairs, telling the children the words of the title, which offer comfort in the following years. Pardi creates a cozy, lived-in ambiance in her pencil and watercolor art; Death’s almost grandfatherly persona suggests that there is a time to go gently into that good night." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Glenn Ringtved, Robert Moulthrop (Translator)
Illustrator Charlotte Pardi
ISBN 1592701876
Publication Date Feb 16, 2016
Publisher Enchanted Lion Books
Language English