Jane Yolen’s The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye helps with that explanation by providing a gentle and comforting story, and opens the dialogue for a deeper conversation.
Tiger Rose has lived a good life—all nine of them! But now, as she grows tired, she knows it’s time to say goodbye. She spends her last day wishing butterflies and bluejays, snakes and starlings, anthills and azaleas, and her most-special ‘boy’ and ‘girl’, farewell. She leaves her pain behind, and leaps joyfully into the great beyond.
The special connection between children and animals is apparent as Tiger Rose notices that it almost seems that the little girl knows something is about to happen as she says goodbye.
Illustrated with pictures as gentle and ethereal as the story itself, The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye is a great story for any time, but would be an especially nice way to reassure or console a grieving child.
**Stay tuned for the review of Jane Yolen's BRAND NEW book!
Jim LaMarche has illustrated and written many picture books including the popular The Rainbabies.