The Good-bye Book

The Good-bye Book

Book - 1988
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A child, on the verge of being left behind by parents who are going out for the evening, comes up with a variety of pleas and excuses.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1988
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780833586155
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Chorao, Kay - Illustrator


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Apr 02, 2015

A little's boy's parents are getting ready to go out for an evening and leave the boy with a babysitter. The boy pulls every trick out of his hat to keep the parents at home, but they leave anyway as the babysitter comes. Things turn out better than the boy could have imagined.

The illustrations are colorful, simple, and very expressive.

The thing I like best about this book is that I can feel every page of the book as the boy uses his dramatics to get what he wants. I love the picture where he talks about how he is now feeling sick and that he must be dying. He is lying there like a master actor in the most dramatic pose. The boy goes through all of the emotions. He tries being dramatic, then his fear appears and then he gets angry. I would have liked to hear some reassurance from the parents and the last few pages are a bit short and incongruent with the rest. But otherwise this is a cute story. With so many emotions portrayed, it would be simple to talk with your child about the many emotions of separation, how that feels, and how to deal with it. I like that this book is emotions centered.

Recommended for ages 3-6. I think 4-7 would be better able to understand the emotional aspect of the story.


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Apr 02, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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