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A Last Goodbye

by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim

tagged: death & dying, customs, traditions, anthropology, environmental science & ecosystems
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Description

How do we say goodbye to a loved one after they die? This book broaches a difficult topic in a heartfelt way by exploring the beauty in how animals mourn. From elephants to whales, parrots to bonobos, and lemurs to humans, we all have rituals to commemorate our loved ones and to lift each other up in difficult times.
New from the award-winning team behind You Are Stardust, Wild Ideas, and You Are Never Alone, this book gently recognizes death as a natural part of life for humans and all animals. Written in spare, poetic language and illustrated with stunning dioramas, it draws out our similarities with other animals as it honors the universal experience of mourning. The touching and uplifting book ends on a hopeful note, showing how we live on both in memories and on the planet, our bodies nourishing new life in the Earth and the oceans.

About the Authors

Elin Kelsey

ELIN KELSEY is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science and education, as well as the award-winning author of Not Your Typical Book About The Environment and other books for children and adults. She consults around the world on environmental projects and is a Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University in Australia and an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.
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Soyeon Kim

SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials and fine sketching and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto.
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Contributor Notes

ELIN KELSEY, PhD, is an award-winning author and a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source and share ocean conservation successes which has reached 90 million users to date. She frequently works on projects with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University and the University of Victoria and is passionate about engaging kids in hopeful, science-based, environmental solutions. See more at www.elinkelseyandcompany.com.
SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in fine sketching and painting techniques to create three-dimensional dioramas. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Education programs at York University.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 12
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2020
Editorial Reviews

"Kim's absorbing dioramas create tender scenes of community, intimacy, and loss...readers will appreciate the matter-of-fact, never emotionally prescriptive look at creatures’ mourning behaviors."

— Publishers Weekly

"Scientifically sound and philosophically profound."

— Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Gentle and reassuring, with amazing artwork once again, this is a book that is as hopeful as it is beautiful."

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

"A lovely piece of enhanced nonfiction... Thoughtful and eye-opening."

— School Library Journal

"This stunning picture book is unusual in many ways, from its unique and seldom-explored topic to the illustrations done in collage and created using dioramas."

— Booklist

"The book adopts a gentle tone and establishes a mood of reverence and respect through Elin Kelsey’s written text and Soyeon Kim’s attractive artwork."

— Canadian Review of Materials