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Goodbye, Brecken

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When Isabelle's beloved dog Brecken dies, she feels a mix of emotions including anger, sadness and loss. In a dream she goes on a quest to find him and meets a deer, a fox, some rabbits and a crow who remind her of things she loved about her dog. Then Brecken appears and they spend some time together before she must say goodbye. Isabelle wakes up and knows that Brecken will live forever in her memories of him.

This poignant picture book about grieving, written and illustrated by David Lupton for ages 4-8, is from the press of the American Psychological Association. The death of a pet is a difficult thing for youngsters to go through, and they may need guidance from adults. At the end of this paperback, a doctor offers a few coping strategies that include gathering further support, creating a ritual to honor the loss, encouraging creative expression, and discussing your next steps as a family (www.apa.org/pubs).


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