"I loved the book...It is beautifully done. You can never know what a child is holding inside. I am sure your book will be helpful to many children and parents."

~Robyn Shelala, Facility Based Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC 

It is difficult for children to express their feelings, especially when it comes to the sadness and confusion experienced due to the loss of a loved one. Parents, teachers, and counselors can use this beautifully photographed book and its accompanying questions as a platform to promote discussion with a child about the grieving process.

Children will relate to Maggie and Skittles, two happy-go-lucky dogs whose lives are suddenly changed when Maggie’s friend Sammy dies and is buried by the old tree on the hill. Your child will join these two friends as they each explore the different stages of grief from two different perspectives: Maggie is sorrowful and mourns her loss daily at the old tree, while Skittles is at her wit’s end about how to help Maggie through the grief - until it is discovered that listening and love are the answers.

Includes 25 color photographs, 10 developmentally appropriate discussion questions about the story that explore the different stages of grief, and a special page where a child can draw his own memorial to honor a loved one he or she would like to remember.


*Available for order through bookstores and online retailers.

A portion of the proceeds goes toward printing additional copies of The Yearning Tree to donate to nonprofit organizations such as Hospice and Kids Path (www.kidspath.com).