Cry, Heart, But Never Break
Author: Glenn Ringtved | Illustrator: Charlotte Pardi | Hardcover
Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.
Winner of the 2017 Batchelder Award
"Now comes a fine addition to the most intelligent and imaginative children's books about making sense of death -- the crowning jewel of them all, even." --Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"Rich and affecting." --Mark Levine, The New York Times
"In this empathic picture book, [...] Pardi creates a cozy, lived-in ambiance in her pencil and watercolor art." --Publishers Weekly
"The removal of any parental buffer in this episode reinforces the salutary suggestion that children are resilient enough to be in death's presence without fear. [...] Gentle, wistful reading for times of imminent loss." --Kirkus Reviews