‘Tibble and Grandpa,’ by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus.

Grief and death are often difficult topics to discuss with children but it’s so important that we do or there can be a serious impact on their mental health. Today I’m sharing a beautiful picture book which should provide a means to start that sensitive conversation.

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Ever since the loss of Granny, Grandpa has stopped listening to Tibble. All he wants to do is garden. Tibble, however, is unrelenting and keeps trying to engage Grandpa in conversation. Eventually, he hits on something when he tries to strike up a conversation about Grandpa’s top three sandwiches.  Something amazing happens – Grandpa starts talking!

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What an absolute stunning book. It made me well-up as I was reading – a sure sign of a powerful book. I just loved Tibble’s relentless determination to get his Grandpa to talk to him, and how the story highlights the innocent joy of children’s conversations. The illustrations are just gorgeous and build the atmosphere wonderfully.

Top 3 reasons to read this book:

1. To open up discussions about loss and grief.

2. Its joyful, celebratory nature.

3. The gorgeous relationship between Grandpa and his grandson.

Library Girl.

*Thank you to Oxford University Press for sending me this title to review*

 

 

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