Today we have the honor of being a stop on the blog tour for a wonderful book, Always My Brother, by Jean Reagan (illustrated by Phyllis Pollema-Cahill).
Always My Brother (Hardcover), by Jean Reagan. Becky and her brother John were best friends (and avid soccer players). "But that was all before--before John died." Beautifully illustrated, Always My Brother tells the story of Becky's grief in the ensuing days. It is a thoughtful, honest tale of grief, in language able to be understood by children. "When they left, life went back to normal. Only it wasn't normal at all. At meals, I stared at John's empty chair. When we had his favorite--pizza with pineapple--I felt so sad, I ran from the table. And slammed my door. Hard." "On my first day back at school, my friends looked away. I guess they didn't know what to say. I didn't either." Ultimately, Becky begins to heal. "By the time winter came again, I didn't feel so sad when I saw pictures of John. I even smiled while I looked at the one of us in the tub." One day, she actually laughs again; another day, she manages to sing; and, eventually, she returns to the soccer field.
Blog Comment Prizes
Tilbury House has offered some prizes in connection with the blog tour.