Duck, Death and the Tulip

Author/Illustrator – Wolf ErlbruchDuck Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch (9781877467141)

Picture Book

A simple, gentle, book about death for children dealing or asking about grief and loss. Death and Duck meet and make friends, with a gradual understanding of each other. Angels and ‘somewhere deep in the earth’ are discussed as they climb trees and swim in the pond, until duck actually passes away.

Award winning author. This story has also been made into plays performed all over the world. Beautiful. 



The Gift Horse

Author – Sophie SiersThe Gift Horse

Illustrator – Katherine White

Sophisticated picture book

Olivia is still grieving the loss of her mum. She feels like there is a balloon inside her, squashing everything out, right up against her throat. She can’t seem to fit in with her friends anymore and just wants to stay in bed.

But her dad won’t let her, being patient and kind. One day he brings a horse to their farm and asks Olivia to look after him. He’s beautiful and Olivia calls him Amigo. But he’s angry too, and won’t let her near him even after hours and hours together alone.

In her frustration the balloon inside finally pops, letting out all her emotions. But this is just what she needed – for her and Amigo.

Stunning illustrations and a moving story about the process of grief.

(NZ, New Zealand, Grief, Losing a parent)