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Need to talk to kids about death? Try Life and I by Elisabeth Helland Larsen & Marine Schneider

Life and I by Elisabeth Helland Larsen & Marine Schneider


There’s something about talking to children about death that leaves even the strongest of parents stuttering, mumbling, or reaching for euphemisms. I’ve learned through experience that sometimes kids need the truth. Maybe a basic truth, but the truth. Some kids need a bit of a story to help them understand. If you’re in a situation in which  you have to speak to a little one about death and your little one needs a story to connect with but you don’t want to go the religious or anthropomorphous route of talking animals, Little Gestalten brings us an interesting view.

It’s called Life and I, A Story About Death. Death is depicted as an impish, waifish  watercolor little girl sort-of-being who talks about all the things that death is part of.

I pay visits to small animals with soft fur and to big animals with trunks or sharp teeth…

Death also discusses how she visits many people at one time, old and young. Death has to exist, the book says, in order for new babies to make their way in this world. The best part of the book is near the end when Death says that Love doesn’t die even when something  you love does.

There are some great bits in the book. Perhaps it will make discussing death easier with little ones. This is a keepsake book that would be nice if talked about every year on a grandmother’s birthday or something.

Talking with kids about death is difficult. I’ve had to do it myself many times. I hope more books become available that are as beautifully illustrated as Life and I.

How have you talked to your little ones about death?




Grab These 5 Books for Dad for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is here! What did you get your old man? Another stupid tie he doesn’t need? More grilling paraphernalia? Get the best dude in your life something that he’ll love.



Trust me on this.

Here are 5 books to grab for Dad for Father’s Day:

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Sure, Dad’s seen the movie. But the attention to detail Hillenbrand goes into when describing the plane? Unreal. Dad will dig all the history references and the building and rebuilding of stuff and the atrocities of war.  Man book. Good.

2.  A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre

A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre

Because believe it or not, Dad was a kid once too. And like you, he probably secretly wanted to be a spy. Years later, he’s your dad, but he still harbors that itty bitty secret desire to be a super secret spy. Keep Dad from spying on your stuff by giving him this book so he can read about actual real life honest to goodness spies. I’m not a fan of the cover of the book so, wrap it in brown paper like a ninja. Er, super secret spy!

3. The Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

The Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

When Dad’s not dreaming of being a super spy, he’s navigating a ship. Here’s the tale of a captain who navigated toward the North Pole. I don’t wanna spoil it for you, but be glad Dad wasn’t on the USS Jeannette. This is my MUST READ pick for all Dads. And Granddads. I bought this title for Mr. Pam when it came out.  Get it for Captain Dad.

4. Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb

Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb

If you’ve heard the phrase: “There’s a sucker born every minute” then you know what I’m talking about. Think roaring 20s, smart lawyer, deception, swindling, Panamanian oil wells.  Thirty million dollars worth of swindling. Oh boy. Mr. Pam doesn’t know it, but he’s getting this in his Father’s Day basket. Gift bag. thingy.

5. Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Because good old Dad’s been reading Stephen King since he was in high school and you’ll want to add this to his collection. This plot has creepy Johnny Depp style movie written all over it. Opening lines are everything people. Dig this: Wake up, genius.

Stephen King, creeping out families for decades. He’s the dude. The creepy serial killer writer dude.  just what Dad wants.

There you have it. Pick one or pick all. Give the best dude in your life a book. Happy Father’s Day Dad!