Remembering Ethan by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Tracy Nichimura Bishop. PICTURE BOOK. Magination, 2020. $17. ISBN 9781433831133
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) EL – OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Sarah’s big brother Ethan was tall, strong, and handsome. That was before he died. Now young Sarah feels she is the only one who remembers him. Every time she makes a connection to him, by saying one of his jokes, or speaking his name, or drawing a picture of him, her parents turn and run away as if they are angry. After finding comfort with her cat for a time, Sarah then finds her parents ready to talk. They were never mad at her, just too hurt to talk about Ethan yet. But now they are. They show appreciation for her drawings and share photos and memories of Ethan with her.
Published by the American Psychological Association, this book shares one family’s struggles with dealing with the loss of a son and brother in a very tender and realistic way. At the end, readers will also find two pages of additional material which includes guidance for helping a child deal with the death of a loved one. Add this one to your collection if you need books dealing with death. It could help both a grieving student and the teacher supporting that student.
P.K. Foster, MLS, elementary school teacher-librarian