Tuesday, November 27, 2018

"Paws and Edward" - a bookwrap

Please meet Paws and Edward.  Besties with an important story to share... enjoy! 


"Paws & Edward" 

Authored by Espen Dekko
Illustrated by Mari Kanstad Johnsen

* Age Range:  4-7
* Grade Level: 1-2
* Hardcover: 34 pages
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: May 7, 2019
* Language: English

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you

Unravelling the story for you 

This bittersweet story will pull at your heartstrings but also will give you an opportunity to talk to your child about the feelings that occur when a beloved pet passes on. 

Edward loves Paws with all heart.  They do everything together but these days Paws just wants to rest.  He's tired and his paws are heavy.  He is content to just to lie on Edward's bed and dream about the happy days when he chased rabbits.  He wants to sleep and have peace.  

"Edward's bed is warm and cozy.  Like rabbit fur.
Paws sleeps and sleeps.  Sleeps and dreams."

 One day Edward calls Paws and there is no response.  Paws has fallen asleep for the very last time leaving Edward to dream of the days gone by and all the happy memories that they shared together.   

 This book helps children cope with the loss of a beloved pet.  It opens up dialogue that will inspire understanding and the handling of emotions that occur at such a painful time.  The illustrations enrich the story and ooze emotion which I love.  The hardest thing about having a pet is .... saying goodbye!   I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!


About the author and illustrator

Espen Dekko was born 1968 in Oslo. Educated puppeteer in 1990, and has since worked as puppeteer and stage director. He has also studied at The Norwegian institute for Children’s Books.

Mari Kanstad Johnsen (b. 1981) works as an illustrator and artist. She made her debut as a children book’s illustrator with Barbiedoll Nils and the Pistol Problem in 2011. Her debut as an author came with Scary Holiday in 2013, and her books have been translated into French, Spanish and Swedish. Kanstad Johnsen is one of the participants chosen for NORLA’s development programme for new literary talents “New Voices”, a part of the project of Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019.


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