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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Anyone who’s lost a pet may find comfort in Bea and Honey: The Secret. It’s not always easy to move on after losing a pet or beloved family member, but this book helps us believe that we never truly lose them as they’re always with us. Claudia Teetsel is a sensitive and caring author who helps children - and adults - get through this difficult time. This children’s picture book features two adorable dogs: Bea, a short form for Beatrice, or “she who brings happiness,” and Honey, a term of endearment. Honey is the current dog and Bea was the previous dog that passed away. The new dog can sense the former pet and feels its presence.
Color paintings by illustrator Judith Gosse adorn the pages with images of Honey and Bea, with Bea wearing a halo. Children will be attracted to the warm, pastel colors of the full-page pictures. Children love stories about pets - especially dogs - and they’ll gravitate to the images of the adorable dogs in Bea and Honey: The Secret. The watercolor paintings are realistic family images. Claudia Teetsel takes us on a journey of recovery after a family has to say goodbye to their pet. Will the new dog enjoy all the activities that a previous dog liked? The cover artwork by Jason Teetsel inspired this story of life continuing after grieving a loss. Just because you can’t see someone, it doesn’t mean they are no longer with you. The memories will linger long after the goodbyes.