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Freeda the Frog Says Farewell to her Fish by Nadine Haruni is the fourth book in the series and each book has been educational and insightful when it comes to teaching children how to cope with family issues and gives them awareness on how to deal with things positively and with an open mind. In this book, the author tackles the topic of losing a pet or a loved one.
Freeda, Samson, and the three tadpoles had adjusted to their new home at Port Frogafly and they were all really happy. They were at the Frogafly County Fair, and they had fun on the Fair's crazy rides, great games, and tasty food. Jack wanted to play one last game to win a goldfish. Jack won and they named the goldfish Goldie. The tadpoles loved Goldie and every day after school they took turns playing with and feeding their pet. They got a fish tank for Goldie who seemed to enjoy the new home. One day after school, Frank, Frannie, and Jack came home with Kyle, Emerson, and Maxine for a playdate and they realized something was not right when they went to feed Goldie. Freeda and Samson took Goldie to the pet doctor. Goldie didn't make it through the night even though the doctors tried everything.
This is a heartwarming story about loss and grief, and how to cope with it. Tina Modugno captures the grief and loss of the family beautifully through her wonderful illustrations and makes this tangible to young readers. Many children have experienced loss in their lives and this story will help them overcome their grief, say goodbye to their pet or family member, and move ahead in life. This series is good for home and school libraries because it teaches children to deal with the various challenges faced by them in life in a mature way.