Talking about loss with a little one can be very hard. This picture book by Mo Willems is very simple but very powerful and a good way to prepare a young child to say good-bye to a loved one. It tells the story of a city dog making friends with a frog out in the country. Each season they do something different–frog games, dog games, and remembering games. Then in the winter the frog is gone, leaving the dog to eventually meet a chipmunk in the spring. The beautiful watercolor pictures really capture each season both literally and metaphorically. The text is subtle but opens the door for the discussion of losing someone you love–a family member passing away, a dog dying, a friend moving away. I’ll be honest, I still cry sometimes when reading City Dog, Country Frog, because it captures the cycle of a relationship so well, especially the winter of grieving and the spring of moving on while keeping their memory alive.
City Dog, Country Frog
13 Feb by 2 Comments