Lily ran and jumped and barked and whimpered and growled and wiggled and wagged and licked and snuggled. But not now.
It is hard to lose a pet. The little girl in this story notices all the absences: the empty rug, the space beside her chair. And yet amid the sadness, there is also hope — for a beloved pet lives on in your heart, your memory, and your imagination.
Where Lily Isn't is Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine's beautiful bereavement picture book celebrating the love of a lost pet.
"A child moves through her routine noticing the dog’s sudden absence. The empty rug 'where Lily isn’t,' the gap beside a breakfast chair, the lack of havoc at the mailman’s arrival. Paschkis expresses the child’s grief with quiet melancholy ('There is no belly to/ be rubbed or ears/ to be scratched'), while Chodos-Irvine’s colorful artwork, rendered using hand-cut stencils and gouache, emphasizes Lily’s presence and absence both, showing the distinct space that Lily once took up, physically and otherwise." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Jan 21, 2020|
|Publisher||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|