Memorial Day this past weekend had me thinking of all the losses that the world has suffered. Yes we are slowly starting to recover but this recovery is tenuous at best. As much as life is starting to be lived again, there will be moments when we can't help but remember the pain and loss of loved ones. Children especially have had loss thrust upon them. There have always been books about how to explain loss to children but it is nice to see a new book that is gentle and understanding. It shows a child empathy and love along with friendship.
Old Pearl written and illustrated by Wendy Wahman is such a sweet book. It doesn't talk down to a child about loss nor does it become too sappy. I love the smooth rhythm of the words and the soft and beautiful illustrations. As I read the book I could feel the love the child has for the bird come through the page. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who unfortunately needs to explain to a child about death, whether it be about someone close to them or not.