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The Boy and the Gorilla    by Jackie Aza Kramer & Cindy Derby Amazon.com order for
Boy and the Gorilla
by Jackie Aza Kramer
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Candlewick, 2020 (2020)
Hardcover
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a picture book about loss (aimed at ages four to eight) - The Boy and the Gorilla, written by Jackie Aza Kramer and illustrated by Cindy Derby.

The boy's mother has died and an imaginary gorilla (representing the heaviness of his grief) accompanies him everywhere - as he tends his mother's garden; flies a kite by the seaside; and swings in the park.

He questions the gorilla and hears wise and comforting responses, like 'No, but she's always with you' to 'Can't my mom come back home?' Finally, the child is able to share his grief with his dad and the gorilla is gone.

This is a wonderfully moving book to share with a grieving child and help them to talk about a loss of someone loved.

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