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Always My Brother

Always My Brother

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In ALWAYS MY BROTHER, by Jean Reagan, Becky and her brother John were best buddies, telling jokes, caring for their dog Toby together, and playing soccer. John was always there to cheer her up and help her out–until he died. Becky wishes everything could go back to the way it was. When she is surprised and feels guilty about enjoying a friend’s birthday party, her mom wraps reassuring arms around her and says, “Don’t you think he’d want you to laugh, even now?” She gradually realizes that she can still enjoy the things that they used to do together and that the memories of John continue to make him part of their family.

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In ALWAYS MY BROTHER, by Jean Reagan, Becky and her brother John were best buddies, telling jokes, caring for their dog Toby together, and playing soccer. John was always there to cheer her up and help her out–until he died. Becky wishes everything could go back to the way it was. When she is surprised and feels guilty about enjoying a friend’s birthday party, her mom wraps reassuring arms around her and says, “Don’t you think he’d want you to laugh, even now?” She gradually realizes that she can still enjoy the things that they used to do together and that the memories of John continue to make him part of their family. ALWAYS MY BROTHER is a sensitive, realistic story about the process of grief, acceptance, and recovery. Phyllis Pollema-Cahill’s lovely illustrations bring readers right into the heart of Becky’s family as they struggle to move forward.

Reviews:

“This is a touching story of John and his sister who loved each other and shared many interests until his death. The pictures and the text together form a tender story of loss and the journey through grief for his sister, Becky including feelings of guilt when Becky began enjoying life again. Parents can use this inspiring story to begin discussions with children dealing with such a tragic and sudden experience or as a start to the exploration of feelings before a child experiences death. Kids will relate to the feelings of the character and find an understanding of their own emotions as they read this story over again. Get a copy today to use as a great resource for kids when helping them to sort through the grief process. It is an excellent read and a wonderful book to share as a family.” -heartfeltwords4kids, May 27, 2009

“…This is a poignant and sensitive story about a brother and sister who are best pals. When brother John dies, his sister Becky is distraught, suffering with her grief….Always My Brother teaches children how to deal with grief, acceptance and recovery in a gentle manner with kind words and tender illustrations.” -Kennebec Journal, August 23, 2009

WHY READ THIS BOOK?

Becky finds her way back to happiness while grieving her brother’s death.

Topics:

Grief, sibling death.

Problems:

How do you deal with death and still get on with life?

About the Author:

Jean Reagan lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Peter, and daughter,Jane. Their beloved son and brother, John, died in 2005. Born in Alabama, Jean spent most of her childhood in Japan. Since graduating from Earlham College, she has worked as a community organizer, a union activist, and a writer. She cherishes her years as a full-time mother when she also worked at her children’s public school, the Open Classroom. In the summers, her family lives in a tiny, remote cabin in Grand Teton National Park where she and Peter serve as volunteer backcountry rangers. Bears visit them frequently.

Phyllis Pollema-Cahill grew in rural Minnesota. She went to work as an assistant artist in a small design studio right after high school, and ended up being creative director for one of the McGraw-Hill divisions. She later received a degree in illustration from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and has been illustrating full-time for children since December 1995. She has illustrated over forty children’s books and many magazine stories, as well as textbooks, activity books, posters, and book covers. Phyllis lives in the Colorado countryside with her husband and their two cats. She has three grown step-children and three step-grandchildren.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Author

Jean Reagan

Format

Hardcover

ISBN

978-0-88448-313-7

Illustrator

Phyllis Pollema-Cahill

Pages

32

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