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Thursday 26 October 2023

Review: Beginnings And Endings – A Play School Mindfully Me Book About Death And Life

A dear and gentle book about the value of friends, of being in nature and of playing, even when saddened by the loss of a pet.

Little Ted’s friends Jemima, Humpty, Big Ted and Kiya are coming to visit, because he is very sad about the death of his pet goldfish and friend, Swish.

His friends bring Little Ted a scrapbook with photos of Swish to stick into it, along with a picnic for when they get hungry, a ball to play with outside together, and the reassurance that they will come back another day to play again.

All of these things serve to help Little Ted to feel a little happier, despite his loss.

Featuring beloved characters from the ABC tv show Play School, the book models kindness, nature, joy and playing as valid supports in a time of grief. 

The lovely illustrations, created in Adobe photoshop, are gentle pen and wash watercolour images. They’re tender and clear, the colour not overly bright and so the feeling from them encourages quiet reflection.

This is a helpful book that will support conversations around death and loss – with some lovely ideas for keeping memories alive on the inside. It also brings the reminder to look for things that uplift your heart, through the process.

Highly recommended for the home and school library.

Title: Beginnings And Endings – A Play School Mindfully Me Book About Death And Life
Author: Jan Stradling
Illustrator: Jedda Robaard
Publisher: HarperCollins, $24.99
Publication Date: 2 August, 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780733342400
For ages: 3 +
Type: Picture Book