The Tenth Good Thing
by Judith Viorst
What's the tenth good thing about Barney? A small boy mourns the death of his cat Barney. This tender story ranks among the top favorite children's books to help kids cope with the loss of a loved one.
Children grieving over the death of a family member, friend or pet will identify with the boy in the story, and may find comfort and healing in the shared experience. They will learn that it's alright to cry and feel sad, to ask questions and talk about their doubts and fears.
A note of caution to Christian parents, though: you might want to read the story through first before sharing with your kids, and skip the part that expresses doubt about the existence of a heaven.
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