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Goodbye To Griffiths St

by (author) Marilynn Reynolds

illustrated by Renne Benoit

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Recommended Age
0 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price

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Out of print

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John and his mom are leaving their home in a small mining town first thing in the morning. When John wakes up before dawn to find a snow-covered wonderland outside his window, he knows just how to say goodbye to all his friends on Griffith Street. As he makes his way down the softly lit street, thinking of all the children and grown-ups he cares about, he gathers his community around him one last time.

About the authors

Marilynn Reynolds is the bestselling author of a number of children’s picture books, including A Present for Mrs Kazinski, The Prairie Fire, The New Land, A Dog for a Friend and The Name of the Child, published in 2002. Her book Goodbye To Griffiths Street won the Christie Harris Award in 2005. Marilynn Reynolds was born in Sudbury, Ontario, but has spent most of her life on the Prairies. This life, combined with her mother's and grandparents' experiences growing up in wide-open spaces, gave her a wealth of story material and a unique look at early Canadian life.

Marilynn Reynolds' profile page

Renné Benoit is living her childhood dream of being an artist. Trained in graphic design, she is the award-winning illustrator of more than 15 books for children. Her awards include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children's Literature for Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion; the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for The Secret of the Village Fool; and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for both Fraser Bear and Goodbye to Griffith Street. The latter was also nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award. Big City Bees was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, and A Year of Borrowed Men was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, among others. Renné lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.


Renne Benoit's profile page


  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Short-listed, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee
  • Winner, BC Book Prize - Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize winner

Editorial Reviews

"This gentle tale will help children and their caregivers talk about divorce, moving, or saying goodbye."

School Library Journal

"This work is a wonderful bridge for anyone wishing to discuss such issues as divorce, closure, change, separation, moving, and relationships."

CM Magazine

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