Anthropomorphic animal picture books about death for a toddler?
April 7, 2016 4:37 AM   Subscribe

Grandma died. Grandma was a huge part of my daughter's life. My daughter is 9, but brain damage makes her like a 2-year-old. My daughter prefers to talk about sad/scary things via anthropomorphic animals in picture books. ("Scared like Piglet." "Sad like Franklin.") Any suggestions for a book with animals about death that covers everything simply - sickness, hospital, death, funeral, sadness, saying goodbye, comfort?
posted by clawsoon to Human Relations (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sorry for your loss.

Some of the books I've seen recommended:
Always and Forever
Gentle Willow
Badger's Parting Gifts
When Dinosaurs Die
Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories
posted by belladonna at 5:15 AM on April 7, 2016 [3 favorites]

Haven't read this but have read other things by the author, Judith Kerr, and liked them.
This is about the death of a family cat:
posted by shibori at 5:18 AM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Seconding Badger's Parting Gifts - that was the go-to picture book for bereaved children when I was small, and it's a beautiful, reassuring, non-saccharine work.
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 5:48 AM on April 7, 2016 [3 favorites]

Lily's driftwood bay episode "Goodbye Seabird" is probably the best non-book depiction of this I've seen.
posted by French Fry at 7:18 AM on April 7, 2016

This may not fit the bill exactly, but my go to book for littles on pet death is The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. And I mean, go to starting when I was the target audience.

The protagonist is a little boy, so that may not be helpful if she prefers an all critters story. But I couldn't not mention it because it is the best thing ever.
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 9:18 AM on April 7, 2016

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. But you will cry.
posted by coevals at 10:24 AM on April 7, 2016

Goodbye Mog. There are many other Mog books, all excellent. It's not exactly factual -- Mog hangs around in ghost format for a bit before finally taking off for good -- but the family grieves, and Mog's passing is very gentle.
posted by kmennie at 11:44 AM on April 7, 2016 [2 favorites]

this is video not a book, but here is the famous sesame street scene with Big Bird
posted by OHenryPacey at 12:51 PM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

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