Cry Heart, But Never Break

cry-heart-but-never-breakFour clever siblings attempt to distract Death to keep him from taking their ailing grandmother away. He inevitably arrives and tells the children a story about how he is natural and necessary. He pairs day with night, grief with delight, and joy with sorrow in this contemplative picture book. His beautiful story helps children realize the value of life and the importance of saying goodbye. Expressive and peaceful pencil and watercolor paintings handle the subject well. mjw
Title: Cry Heart, But Never Break
Author: Glenn Ringtved
: Charlotte Pardi
: Enchanted Lion Books.  New York
: 2016
Original Language
: Danish
: Robert Moulthrop
Original Title
: Graed blot hjerte
Original Copyright
: 2001
: 978-1-59270-187-2
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Danish
Author’s residence
: Denmark
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Danish
Illustrator’s residence
: Denmark
: 2017 Batchelder Award
: Children and death, Death and dying, Grief, Multigenerational

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