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Death for Kids

The Kids’ Book of Death and Dying
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Lately, all the books I have come in contact with have been depression and death oriented.  I wonder if I am putting out some kind of bad vibe lately?  Hmmm.  Of course death and dying as a subject matter are appropriate topics for both adults and kids.  This particular title, with the overly cheerful tone is bothersome. My first instinct was to laugh when I picked this title up.  Don’t forget that all materials can age and even if the content is great, the title and cover art can put off a a potential user.

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0 Responses to Death for Kids

  • I once had to do a “death” storytime for a girl-scout troop….not kidding!!! UGH!!!!

    • So, they wanted to teach the girls about death, but their parents didn’t want to do the job themselves? Either that, or they wanted a real downer of a storytime.

  • I just spit all over my laptop because this is so funny.

  • We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun, but…

  • I’m trying to picture what would make a better cover… or a worse one.

  • There are some unfortunate titles out there, like “Dating for the Archaeologist”. Nothing to do with social skills!

  • I don’t see what is at all “cheerful” about the title. It seems pretty straightforward to me: it’s a book about death, written with the needs of a young audience in mind. And the cover’s pretty plain, in contrast with this one:


  • Why is a “unit” of a school involved in writing this book? What kind of school is it anyway??

    • That was my question. And it’s not just *a* unit. It’s “*The* Unit.”

      This is the end-of-spectrum result of the experimental classrooms and “new math” radicalism of the 1970s and 80s. If Jim Jones was behind it, that wouldn’t surprise me.

  • Whoops–gotta go check my 100’s–this one may be there!

  • And I thought The Unit was something like The Situation on Jersey Shore.

  • I’m with J. Both of my parents are dead, and you know what, it’s just normal. Really, please don’t say you’re sorry. It’s a normal part of my reality that people who were important to me are dead. I’m an adult and they were (mostly) old. Still, I’ve had to learn to deal with that, as other people do, including kids. It’s helpful to know how other people like yourself have coped with something like this, and it looks like this book would help.

    I expect it strikes people as funny because kids’ books are supposed to be all innocent and light–or instructional in obvious ways–and death is not something people in our culture think of as normal. Well, it’s normal as dirt, and it’s normal life for people going through it. The fact that people think that it’s some extreme thing is the reason people actually need books like this–no one talks about it.

  • The Unit was what the combined 6-7-8th grade class at the Fayerweather Street School was called. At the time (early to mid 80s), the school’s model was the so-called open classroom in which adjacent grade levels were combined to allow kids to learn and help each other learn at a nonlock-step pace. (The school as since adopted a more traditional grade structure.) This book, like its two predecessors, was a class project and a very worthwhile one. Neither the school nor this project deserves to be ridiculed, least of all by anyone unfamiliar with them.