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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
W. P. Osborne has written an encouraging book for children who have lost a loved one. In Away: A Children's Book of Loss, the author gently and tenderly approaches a subject that is much too common today. Osborne uses the theme of a loving father being taken away from his doting daughter because of the color of his skin. This book equally applies to the loss of a loved one through accidents, illness, and age. Grieving is normal and children grieve as much as adults, if not more. They need to be heard and comforted. Adults need to see beyond their hurt and minister to their children. Talking with your child is of utmost importance. Osborne encourages exploring the pain with their child. Osborne's book is well-illustrated and will have your grieving child identifying with the girl in the book.
Too many men of color are dying today for nothing more than the color of their skin. Away by W. P. Osborne is written to help a child’s caregiver (another parent, grandparent, aunt, etc.) gently guide the child through the process of grieving. This book draws on strength from God and His Word. One major part of the grieving process is remembering. This book helps the caregiver not only understand the child but also guides the caregiver in helping the child go from grieving to remembering and healing. Osborne writes in an easy-to-understand manner and her book will keep any child’s interest. Love your child enough to buy this book and read it with and to your child.