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Buddy's Candle    by Bernie S. Siegel order for
Buddy's Candle
by Bernie S. Siegel
Order:  USA  Can
Trafford, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Leslie McKee

After Simon's ninth birthday party, he asks his dad why he was so emotional when he blew out his candles. His dad explains that candles have a special significance to him. When his dad was nine, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He had wished for a dog and God sent Buddy into his life.

It turned out that Buddy had cancer, too. Buddy's illness, and later death, helped Simon's dad deal with his own illness. An angel in a dream showed him how everyone, including animals, have a candle that represents their inner light. It is designed to shine as a beacon of hope to others. Simon's dad is reminded of this, and Buddy, whenever he sees a candle.

Author Bernie Siegel is a surgeon who has worked with people with a life threatening illnesses. Buddy's Candle is designed to serve as a tool in helping kids cope with the loss of a loved one. The charming illustrations, and themes of living life to the fullest and accepting loss and death, make it an appropriate story for children and adults.

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