Thursday, February 23, 2023

Walking Grandma Home: A Story of Grief, Hope, and Healing

Walking Grandma Home: 

A Story of Grief, Hope, and Healing 

Picture Book, 

January 10, 2023

by Nancy Bo Bo Flood (Author), Ellen Shi (Illustrator)

This picture book from a child psychologist and counselor uses a touching and relatable story about a young boy’s grief to help children 4-8 understand what it means to lose a loved one and how to process their own emotions of fear, grief, and joyful remembrance. 

When Grandma tells Lee she will soon be “going home,” Lee is confused. Isn’t Grandma already home? But as Grandma’s health gets worse and her death approaches, Lee learns what it means to “walk Grandma home” to heaven, while also reflecting on his good memories and dealing with his grief alongside his extended family. 

Walking Grandma Home

  • Presents a child’s perspective on losing a loved one that young readers can relate to 
  • Is ideal for kids who have recently experienced a loved one’s death or are learning about grief for the first time, as well as for childen with aging grandparents and family and friends experiencing loss 
  • Equips parents and caregivers to process a child’s emotions in a healthy and loving way 
  • Has a page of questions and activities to help children process their own grief and allow caregivers to personalize the story to the child’s experience 
  • Features text from counselor and author Nancy Bo Flood and beautiful illustrations by Ellen Shi 

My thoughts:  WALKING GRANDMA HOME is sad. I can see where it would be helpful when losing a loved one.  I cried all the way through it, but it would be helpful to a small child understanding what is happening.  Grandma must've felt so loved having her family hanging around with her instead of being left alone. This is sad, but it is real and hopeful and loving.  I highly recommend it.  I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.


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