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Where Lily Isn't

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.

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"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

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Julie Paschkis
Illustrator Margaret Chodos-Irvine
ISBN 1250184258
Publication Date Jan 21, 2020
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Language English