Poppy’s Chair

Poppy’s Chair

Poppy's ChairPoppy’s Chair

Graeber, C.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2– Although Leah enjoys shopping and cooking with her grandmother the way she always has, the child is afraid to look at her recently deceased grandfather’s picture or sit in his chair. That night, she runs to her grandmother and cries, “. . . Gramm, I don’t want you to die!” The woman reassures her that she will live a long life, but also acknowledges her granddaughter’s feelings. Leah’s difficulty in facing her loss and feelings of relief at finally talking about it ring true, and the reassuring ending (she falls asleep in Gramm’s bed, “halfway between Gramm’s warmth and Poppy’s smile”) is satisfying. Pastel drawings in shades of pink and blue are realistic and warm, although the figures are stiffly posed. Young children may be confused at first, since the fact that Leah’s grandfather has died is not mentioned until halfway through the story. The situation is reminiscent of Mavis Jukes’s Blackberries in the Dark (Knopf, 1993) and joins Aliki’s The Two of Them (Greenwillow, 1979) and Charlotte Zolotow’s My Grandson Lew (HarperCollins, 1974) on the ever-growing shelf of children’s books discussing the death of a grandparent. –Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
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Amazon Reader Review

In this picture book Hesse explores death from a children’s perspective. When Leah goes to visit her grandparents for the first time since her grandfather’s death she feels incredibly sad without him. Gramma and Leah do their traditional things together but it is different without Poppy. Finally Leah and Gramma talk about it and she admits her fears about Gramma dying too. Leah learns from her grandmother that she can still live happily without Poppy and Leah falls asleep in Gramm’s bed, with Gramm on one side of her and a picture of Poppy looking down on her from the other. This story is clear about loss and healing from losses and may help children understand their own grief.