‘In a story that respects grief’s slow pace, Cordell’s writing and artwork together carry grace and heart.’ Publishers Weekly, starred review
‘Cordell speaks eloquently and respectfully to the universal experience of loss and recovery.’ New York Times
“Perfectly paced to emulate the slowness of grieving and healing, heartfelt and a wonderful place for children to reflect on and talk about, loss and sadness, and the place of nature in the healing process.” BfK 5-star review
A picture book about healing after a bereavement—the death of a loved one or a family pet—by Caldecott Medallist Matthew Cordell. Louise and her family are sad after their beloved dog Charlie dies. “Life will not be the same,” Louise says, as she visits a little island that Charlie loved. But on the island, something strange happens: she meets a bear who teaches her that getting over a bereavement takes time and that sometimes, things can change for the better.