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There Was a Hole

Lily has a hole. It eats her joy, makes her angry, and — no matter what Daddy does to try to help — it just keeps growing. Even cake and ice cream don't fill it. So Lily retreats

Then her friend Thomas lets her in on a secret: he has a hole too! He shows her the best way to repair holes: spend time on friends, family, the things you love, yourself, and kindness. "If I patch it completely, will I still remember?" asks Lily. "You won’t forget,” Thomas reassures her. "But things will get better."

Author Adam Lehrhaupt sensitively uses Lily's hole to create a lyrical and age-appropriate story for learning to cope with grief and loss. The "patches" that Lily and Thomas make invite kids to think of what might help them heal, from pets to nature to music. And Thomas' gentle reassurance lets kids know that recovery from loss doesn't require you to leave behind the person you loved. With gentle illustrations and thoughtful text, this is an insightful look at grief and healing.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrator Carrie O'neill
ISBN 1534111220
Publication Date Apr 15, 2022
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Language English