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Grandad's Island: Benji Davies

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Some children may be happy with the fact that Grandad has stayed on the island and is having a nice time while others may be able to use the book to help them cope with their own experiences of loss. Yes, even though I was quite confused, it was an adorable and fun book and the illustrations are beautiful. As a child, Benji knew that when he grew up he either wanted to make films or draw pictures in books.

The grandad goes there with his grandson and then stays because I believe he knows he is going to die.

However, with how the story portrays Grandad going to heaven, it deals with it in a sensitive way that children can understand and may help them not to be as worried. Whilst appropriate for use with children in KS1, who may not even realise there is a metaphor for death contained within the story, the book could also be used with children in KS2 as a starting point for a PSHE lesson about bereavement. It's one of those ones that as an adult you get all sad reading it and you're like "life is fleeting! The simple, yet thoughtful writing and colourful, detailed illustrations combine to leave the reader both hugely comforted and uplifted. Cudowna wyspa dziadka” to wartościowa książka dla najmłodszych czytelników, których zachwycą nie tylko przepiękne kolorowe ilustracje, ale również zaskakująca historia.

I liked the symbolism when Syd had to travel back on his own, the waves were bumpy but he got there safely in the end. We work closely with publishers and authors to ensure that we offer the best books on the market for your child.

After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent. It still surprises me to this day, the number of Picturebooks for children that address the theme of loss and bereavement, without actually addressing it as 'death'. Benji Davies is the illustrator of the Bizzy Bear books, Bizzy Bear: Let’s Go and Play and Bizzy Bear: Fun on the Farm. Grandad's island tells the tale of a boy and his grandfather adventuring to and from a mystery island, however when Grandad stays on the island Syd is left to navigate the world by himself.

This picture book deals excellently with a tricky topic about family members leaving which can be difficult to explain to young children.This beautiful book covers an important topic of grief for a young child, and it is done in a sensitive, thoughtful way. He's in the attic, where he ushers Syd through a door, and the two of them journey to a wild, beautiful island awash in color where Grandad decides he will remain. Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. Indeed, Grandad's Island doesn't mention death at all, but is deeply in touch with the ways in which loss and abundance commingle in the mind, correcting and assuaging each other.

He’s in the attic, where he ushers Syd through a door, and the two of them journey to a wild, beautiful island awash in color where Grandad decides he will remain. It does so in a way that I feel like a kid who hadn't lost anyone wouldn't pick up on it (There's no funeral or tears or sickness) but that a kid who had experience a loss might find resonance in the story. My interpretation of the island was that it was a metaphor for 'heaven' and it's all about the boy having to let go of his grandfather but knowing he'll always be loved and thought of. Sem nunca os desligar totalmente da realidade da partida da pessoa de quem gostam, explicar que estão num lugar melhor, mesmo que seja uma ilha imaginária, pode tornar todo o processo um pouco mais fácil nas suas cabeças ainda tão jovens. The book explores death in a similar way to Oliver Jeffers’ ‘The Heart and the Bottle’, however I think I prefer Davies’ book as it is more uplifting and the reader can see where Grandad has gone which may be comforting to some children who have lost a loved one and wonder where they are now.It is not included in promotions available to our main range products, as stated in our terms of service. Registered office address: Unit 34 Vulcan House Business Centre, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EF.

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